Image credit: @Rachael_Hodges via Twitter
Journalist and broadcaster Rachael Bland died peacefully at home earlier today, after being diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016.
She announced at the beginning of this week that she had just days to live, and her family confirmed she died peacefully at home in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 5th September).
In an emotional tribute posted on Twitter, Rachael’s husband Steve said: “Our beautiful, courageous Rachael died peacefully this morning surrounded by her close family.
“We are crushed but she would want me to thank everyone who took an interest in her story or sent messages of support. You’ll never know how much they meant to her.”
Rachael, who lived in Cheshire, wrote on Instagram on Monday: “In the words of the legendary Frank [Sinatra] – I’m afraid the time has come my friends.
“And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days. It’s very surreal. Thank you so very very much for all your support I’ve received along the way.”
As well as appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live, Rachael worked as a presenter on the BBC News Channel as well as on BBC World and BBC North West Tonight.
The BBC’s director general Tony Hall was among those paying tribute to Rachael today.
Hall is quoted on the BBC News website as saying: “Rachael was a popular and inspiring journalist. Everyone has been moved by her courage and dignity.
“She will be hugely missed by her many listeners and by staff across the BBC. Our sympathies go out to her family and many friends at this difficult time.”
Rachael was diagnosed with primary triple-negative breast cancer after finding a lump under her arm almost two years ago.
In August, she announced that she was writing a memoir to leave for her son Freddie, whose third birthday she missed by just a few days.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Rachael’s family and friends.