The tragic death of BBC podcast host Deborah James

BBC podcast host and cancer activist Deborah James has died. According to People, the 40-year-old battled colon cancer for six years before her death and is survived by her husband Sebastien Bowen and their children Hugo and Eloise. After being diagnosed with stage four cancer in 2016, she battled the disease and used her experience for good. She launched the popular BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C, which billed itself as “The coolest club you never want to be a part of” and is described as “a candid look at cancer”, hosted by James. Steve Bland and Lauren Mahon.

On May 13, the podcast host said Prince William “honoured her with damehood,” writing on Instagram, “It’s quite surreal to have a royal visit to your home and yes you can imagine the cleaning antics and the preparation got out of hand – but it was all irrelevant because William was so kind and put us all at ease.” James announced her BowelBabe Fund for cancer research in the UK on May 13. People reported that the BowelBabe Fund raised over $6 million in one week.

James’ tragic death was announced by her family with an emotional message.

Deborah James has inspired others

Dame Deborah James died of colon cancer on June 28. The BBC podcast host’s death, 40, was announced on her Instagram account with the caption: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Dame Deborah James; the most amazing wife, daughter, sister, mom. Deborah passed away peacefully today surrounded by her family.” The Instagram post continued, “Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and dedication to charitable campaigns, fundraisers and their endless efforts to raise awareness about cancer that has touched so many lives.”

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James tried to help others as she was struggling with colon cancer to the point of her death. Three days before her death, James wrote of a fundraiser she wrote on Instagram: “So proud to be working exclusively with @tescofood to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of colon cancer on their luxury soft loo roll.” Loud People announced James on May 10 that she would begin hospice care. The BBC podcaster wrote on Instagram: “We’ve tried everything but my body just won’t cooperate.”

The Instagram post announcing James’ death ended with a positive and poignant message: “And a few final things from Deborah… ‘Find a life worth enjoying; take risks; love deeply; no regrets; and be always, always rebellious hope. And finally, check your poop — it could save your life.’”