Deborah James: Inspirational podcast host dies at 40 after battle with cancer IG News


Audiocast host and mother-in-law of two, Dame Deborah James, has died at the age of 40 after a battle with bowel cancer, her family has said.

The former deputy headmaster and podcaster used his own terminal diagnosis of stage four bowel cancer to inspire the public and raise millions for charity.

They said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Dame Deborah James; Most wonderful wife, daughter, sister, mother. Deborah passed away peacefully today, surrounded by her family.

“Deborah, who many of you may know as Baulbebe, was an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and her endless efforts in charitable campaigns, fundraising and raising cancer awareness, What touched so many lives. Deborah shares her experience with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos, and change the conversation around cancer. Even in her most challenging moments, her way to raise money The determination and awareness was inspiring.

“We thank you for taking the time privately to us as a family, and we look forward to continuing Deborah’s legacy long into the future through @bowelbabefund.

“Thank you all for playing your part in her journey, you are incredible.

And a few last words from Deborah…’ Find a life worth enjoying; take risks; love deeply; no remorse; And always, always have rebellious hope. And finally, get your stool checked – it could save your life.'”

Dame Deborah James at Royal Ascot

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In his final weeks, the presenter for the BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C raised millions of pounds for research and made a name for his “tireless” work in improving awareness of the disease.

She revealed in early May that she had stopped active treatment and was receiving lifelong care with her husband Sebastian and their two children at her parents’ home in Woking.

The former deputy headmaster was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and has since kept his nearly one million Instagram followers up to date with his treatment.

Her candid posts about her progress and diagnosis, including videos of her dancing through treatment, garnered praise from the public and media alike.

Dame Deborah announced in early May 2022 that she would be receiving life-long care at home.

“That tweet I never wanted to write,” she said on Twitter.

“It’s time to say goodbye. 5 years to prepare, don’t make it easy.”

Deborah James has shared a photo of her meeting with Prince William as the royal presented her with her damehood.

, Deborah James

After making the announcement, she founded the Bowlbaby Fund, which raised over £6 million – more than 24 times her original goal of £250,000.

For his efforts, he was made a Dame with Prime Minister Boris Johnson: “If ever there was anything too deserving of an honour, this is it.”

Dame Deborah later said that she felt “honoured and shocked” to even be considered for the honor.

In another surprise, she was honored by the Duke of Cambridge, who joined his family for afternoon tea and champagne at home.

Damehoods are usually given by members of the royal family, including William, at adornment ceremonies at royal palaces, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

She also revealed that she has completed her second book, titled How to Live When You Can Be Dead, which was due to be published on August 18.

His first book, F*** You Cancer: How to Face the Big C, Live Your Life and Still Be Yourself, was published in 2018.