Jonnie Irwin: I’m worried my kids won’t remember me if I die this year

TV presenter Jonnie Irwin says he worries his young children will “not remember me” if he dies this year, having previously been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

he, 49, host of Channel 4’s A Place In The Sun and BBC’s Escape To The Country, said it’s hard to see good things happen to his family, knowing that he won’t be here much longer.”

Earlier this month, Irwin said he didn’t know “how much time I have left” after lung cancer metastasized to his brain.

He revealed the first warning sign of his illness came while he was filming A Place In The Sun in August 2020 in Italy, when his eyesight blurred while driving.


Jonnie Irwin arrives at the 2010 TV Choice Awards at the Dorchester Hotel, London.

The broadcaster shares three-year-old son Rex and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac with wife Jessica.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: “Every time something really good happens to them, I have this thing knock on the door and say, ‘Don’t be too happy because you won’t be here much longer. ‘.

“Then I thought they wouldn’t remember me, they really didn’t.

“They are too young and if I die this year they will hardly have a chance to have memories.”

He added: “Maybe someone will feed them. I’ve done the hard part with them and someone else will get the easy part.

Irwin previously said Hello! magazine he hopes sharing his diagnosis will inspire others to “make the most of every day” and encourage people to buy life insurance.

He said he chose to keep his illness private until recently.

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