BBC news reader and podcaster Rachael Bland passed away peacefully this morning after a battle with cancer, her husband has announced.
Bland revealed on Monday that she had only days to live after being diagnosed with an incurable cancer.
The BBC 5 Live newsreader also co-hosted the You, Me and the Big C podcast with Deborah James and Lauren Mahon, and confirmed that they planned to carry on without her.
Bland passed away at home this morning shortly after 3am surrounded by close family.
The 40-year-old, who has been married to husband Steve for four years, is mother to son Freddie, three. The couple were due to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on September 14.
Steve paid tribute in a statement, saying: â€œRachaelâ€™s death has left a huge hole in our perfect little family that weâ€™ll never be able to fill.
â€œShe was an incredibly talented broadcaster as well as a wonderful and much loved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, wife and, most importantly to her, a mother to her precious little Freddie.
â€œWe all take such huge comfort and pride from the amazing and tireless work she has done since her diagnosis to reduce the stigma around cancer and prove that it is possible to live life to the fullest even when facing huge challenges on a daily basis.
“At the end, even though her body was at its weakest, her voice was at its strongest and most powerful.
â€œRachael was and will always be an incredible inspiration to everyone she met. To us, she was perfect in every way and we will miss her more than words can say.
â€œWe just ask that everyone respects our familyâ€™s privacy as we try and come to terms with losing our beautiful girl.â€�
Jonathan Wall, controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, called Bland “part of the fabric” of the radio station and said: “Today is a very sad day for all of us and so many of our listeners.
â€œShe was a very talented broadcaster and a beautiful loyal colleague to so many.
“More than that, she turned the final year of her life into the finest year of her life delivering the most important broadcasting I have ever heard about living with cancer, and ultimately facing death because of cancer. She has made a profound difference to so many lives.
“We are all so proud at what she achieved – a truly heroic broadcaster and lovely wife, daughter and mum.â€�
Picture: Claire Wood/BBC/PA Wire
Source: Digital Journalism