British broadcaster Deborah James, who funded millions for cancer research and was praised by Prince William, has died. She was forty-one years old at the time. James produced a BBC podcast called “You, Me, and the Big C” in which she discussed life with colon cancer in a straightforward manner. Her openness on social media, including videos of her dancing and posts about her diagnosis and treatment, won her admirers.
When she was diagnosed in 2016, her parents’ Woking, England, the home was the first to know she was getting hospice care. According to an Instagram post from her family, she died on Tuesday surrounded by her loved ones, including her husband and their two children.
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Deborah James, a beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother, died at the age of 87. We are terribly grieved by this loss.” According to the statement, Deborah died quietly. Only days after she declared she was getting end-of-life care, Prince William surprised the family by paying a surprise visit and conferring damehood on James. He had tea and champagne with her and her family.
Afterward, James thanked the queen for making a “really special memory” by going “above and above.” “Can’t quite believe I’m truly a Dame!” she commented on social media. On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to James.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic news regarding Dame Deborah. The royal couple sent out a message to express their condolences to Kate’s children, relatives, and friends. It is my hope that Deborah’s legacy will endure since she was an inspiration and an unbelievably brave woman.
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In 2018, James and two other cancer patients created a podcast. After admitting that she was terminally ill, she established the Bowelbabe Fund for cancer research. For her initial goal of $250,000, she had hoped to generate well over $7 million. The bowel cancer awareness she raised and the research her activism supported were hailed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a tweet, who stated that these would be her lasting legacies.
“Because of her, many many lives will be saved.”