Emotional Helen Skelton vows to honour pal Jonnie Irwin’s legacy in heartbreaking TV tribute following his tragic death from cancer aged 50
Emotional Helen Skelton vows to honour pal Jonnie Irwin’s legacy in heartbreaking TV
Helen Skelton has vowed to honour the legacy of her late pal Jonnie Iriwin in a heartbreaking tribute on Monday’s This Morning Live.
Jonnie passed away on Friday aged 50 after a three year battle with cancer.
The TV host revealed in November 2022 his cancer had spread to his brain after first being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2020.
Alongside co-presenter Gaby Roslin, 59, Helen, 40, paid tribute to the late broadcaster who had appeared with her many times on the BBC show.
Helen said: ‘We are celebrating the life of our friend and presenter, Jonnie Irwin, who sadly died on Friday after a four-year battle with cancer’.
Helen Skelton has vowed to honour the legacy of her late pal Jonnie Iriwin in a heartbreaking tribute on Monday’s This Morning Live
Jonnie passed away on Friday aged 50 after a three year battle with cancer
‘Johnny was determined to share his story on Morning Live to get more people talking about difficult subjects like end-of-life care and dealing with death. We want to look back at the incredible impact he’s had and continue his legacy.’
Before adding: ‘Now his passion was property, so we also followed his own renovation project to create a home for his two boys to support them in the future and today, we celebrate his life and as per Jonnie’s wishes, continue the conversation around the effects of cancer.’
It comes after viewers were in tears as Escape To The Country paid tribute to the show’s host Jonnie with his final episode.
BBC bosses created a moving video montage filled with his best bits at the end of the show to remember his 13 years as host.
Emotional fans took to X, formerly Twitter, as they remembered the presenter and said watching his last episode was ‘heartbreaking’.
They wrote: ‘Going to be a sad watch but a nice tribute. I hope one day a cure is found for cancer so we don’t have to say goodbye too earlier R.I.P’.
‘This is heartbreaking to watch. He’s so diminished but still the same lovely Jonnie.’
‘Lovely tribute to Jonnie Irwin’ and ‘So very sad seeing Jonnie like this‘.
Alongside co-host Gaby Roslin, 59 (R) Helen, 40 (L) paid tribute to the late broadcaster who had appeared with her many times on the BBC show
It comes after viewers were in tears as Escape To The Country paid tribute to the show’s host Jonnie with his final episode
‘Lovely tribute showing #JohnnieIrwin being lovely and silly over the years at the end of #EscapetotheCountry – hope #aplaceinthesun does the same.’
The show followed Jonnie helping out retired couple Janet and Brian looking for a rural home in Somerset with a budget of £625,000. The couple fell in love with the £600,000 mystery house.
A Place In The Sun and Escape To The Country paid tribute to the presenter on Friday following his death.
The property expert started off presenting what was then called A Place In The Sun: Home Or Away? with Jasmine Harman in 2004, while he also featured on other property shows, such as I Escaped To The Country and Escape To The Country on the BBC.
Bosses of Jonnie’s television show A Place In The Sun shared a tribute on Instagram after his passing.
Escape To The Country remembered Jonnie with a video montage at the end of the show
BBC bosses put together the 45-minute programme of Jonnie’s highlights to remember his 13 years as host with the show airing on Monday
The show followed Jonnie helping out retired couple Janet and Brian looking for a rural home in Somerset with a budget of £625,000
Highlights included when the presenter tried his hand at surfing
Viewers were emotional as they watched happy moments over the years with Jonnie
Emotional fans took to X, formerly Twitter , as they remembered the presenter
A Place In The Sun paid tribute to the presenter on Friday following his death
The property expert started off presenting what was then called A Place In The Sun: Home Or Away? with Jasmine Harman in 2004
Jonnie also featured on other property shows, such as I Escaped To The Country and Escape To The Country on the BBC
Under a picture of the broadcaster, a message read: ‘Jonnie Irwin 1973 – 2024. We are heartbroken. Jonnie was a much-loved part of the A Place in the Sun family for more than 18 years – he brought joy, wit and bundles of energy to the show.
‘We will miss him terribly. Our thoughts are with Jess and the boys ad the rest of the family.’
Separately, Rob Unsworth, Head of BBC Daytime and Early Peak Commissioning said in a statement: ‘Jonnie Irwin was an extraordinary man and wonderful presenter. He brought such warmth and fun to Escape to the Country, where he was a firm favourite with not just viewers, but the production team too.
‘More recently, he did some truly inspirational reports for Morning Live about his illness, tackling taboos around end of life care, and wonderfully demonstrating the limitless positivity that he brought to everything he did.
‘His kindness will be hugely missed by everyone he worked with, and we are sending all of our thoughts to his family and friends at this sad time.’
John Comerford, Head of Naked West and Executive Producer, Escape to the Country said: ‘We are incredibly saddened to hear the news about Jonnie.
‘He has been at the very heart of Escape to the Country for 14 years and will be a huge loss to our production team and all the viewers who have loved watching him on the show.
‘Jonnie was clever, warm and funny, never short of a mischievous and insightful line and always put the programme’s contributors at ease. All the teams he worked with loved him.
Jonnie’s wife Jessica Holmes announced his death in a heartbreaking tribute on Friday
Taking to Instagram she described her beloved partner as a ‘truly remarkable husband’
‘He is an unimaginable loss to the Escape family. We send our love and heartfelt condolences to Jess and his beautiful boys.’
Jonnie’s wife Jessica announced the sad news of his death on social media on Friday.
Sharing a picture of her and Jonnie, Jessica wrote on Instagram: ‘It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Jonnie’s passing. A truly remarkable soul, he fought bravely against cancer with unwavering strength and courage
‘Jonnie touched the lives of so many with his kindness, warmth, and infectious spirit.
‘At this time, we kindly ask for the privacy of Jonnie’s family as they navigate through this profound loss. Their grief is immeasurable, and your thoughts, prayers, and support are deeply appreciated.
‘As we remember the beautiful moments shared with Jonnie, let us celebrate a life well-lived and a legacy that will forever be etched in our hearts. Jonnie may be gone from our sight, but his love, laughter, and memories will live on.’
‘Rest in peace, dear Jonnie. You will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.’