Jonnie Irwin says ‘I’ve been at death’s door twice’ amid terminal cancer battle

An emotional Jonnie Irwin has spoken about his devastating terminal cancer diagnosis, revealing how close he has come to tragically passing away.

The former A Place in the Sun presenter appeared on the OneChat podcast where he revealed he has been close to dying "at least twice" since the cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2020, spread to his brain.

Explaining how he has been getting through, he told the host that is aim is "to try and remain positive."

"Positive for me is burying my head in the sand a bit," he added. "[My wife] Jess and I don't talk about it much and we've been close to death's door a few times now. Twice at least."

While Jonnie, 49 and Jess, 40, try not to talk about his terminal diagnosis, they have begun putting things in place to make things easier for his young family after he is gone.

He said: "Financially, we're slowly getting stuff in place, transferring account details and putting stuff in her name but being positive such an important factor. I do that by not talking about it too much."

Later in the podcast, he emotional broke down in tears as he recalled the "brutal" conversation where he had to tell his wife: "I'm not going to be here anymore."

Jonnie also revealed the early signs of his cancer which led to his diagnosis, recalling how he had "weird gold spots" in his vision while driving in Italy, on a Place In The Sun filming trip.

A concerned crew member accompanied Jonnie to the hospital, where they diagnosed him with cancer in a matter of hours.

And just hours after that, he was told the cancer was terminal and that he had just six months to live.

Jonnie said: "Do you ever hear the phrase it knocked the wind out of you? Nothing had ever done that to me and it did it. I was just battered."

He went on to say that the cancer has caused memory problems, but telling his wife his diagnosis is a conversation he has never forgotten.

"How do you tell a woman who only two months before has had twins? How do you tell them that you're not going to be there anymore?" he said.

Jonnie has since received treatment which has extended his life expectancy, though this has stopped working.

Jonnie and Jess share three young children; Rex, four, and two year old twins Rafa and Cormac.


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