BBC’s Rachael Bland Dies Two Days After Saying Goodbye To Her Followers
The presenter was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.
BBC presenter Rachael Bland has died two days after announcing she had just days to live.
The 40-year-old presenter and blogger passed away surrounded by her family, five months after learning her cancer was incurable.
The news was confirmed by the mother-of-one’s Instagram account.
Our brave, beautiful, wonderful, courageous Rachael died peacefully this morning surrounded by her close family. We are all heartbroken and the hole she leaves in our perfect little family will never be filled. To everyone who took an interest in her story over the last two years, downloaded the awe-inspiring You, Me and the Big C podcast or sent her messages of support, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You’ll never know how much those messages meant to her and us. We’ll miss her so very much but we couldn’t be prouder of what she achieved in her 40 years, and we are genuinely comforted by the impact we know she had on so many lives. Thank you. Steve and Freddie xxx
In a statement, her husband Steve described her as “perfect in every way”.
He said: “Rachael’s death has left a huge hole in our perfect little family that we’ll never be able to fill. She was an incredibly talented broadcaster as well as a wonderful and much loved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, wife and, most importantly to her, a mother to her precious little Freddie.
“We all take such huge comfort and pride from the amazing and tireless work she has done since her diagnosis to reduce the stigma around cancer and prove that it is possible to live life to the fullest even when facing huge challenges on a daily basis.
“At the end, even though her body was at its weakest, her voice was at its strongest and most powerful.”
He continued: “Rachael was and will always be an incredible inspiration to everyone she met. To us, she was perfect in every way and we will miss her more than words can say.”
“We just ask that everyone respects our family’s privacy as we try and come to terms with losing our beautiful girl.”
Very proud to be supporting the eve appeal this Sunday! #Repost @eveappeal with @get_repost ・・・ We are SUPER excited to be one of the BBC Radio 4 Appeal's charity's for 2018. This is such a great opportunity for us to raise much-needed awareness of our cause and the five gynaecological cancers. . . Rachael Bland (@bigclittleme), a BBC Radio 5Live News presenter and co-host of podcast You, Me and the Big C will be sharing her experience of cancer and why she's supporting The Eve Appeal. . . We hope you'll tune in and support our @BBCRadio4 Appeal on Sunday 22 July at 07:54 and 21:26 to help change the future of women everywhere. . . Read more about Rachael's story via the link in our bio. #BBCRadio4 #Radio4Appeal #R4Appeal #charity #fundraising #awareness #campaign #gynae #cancer #gynaecancers #health #womenshealth #wellbeing
BBC Radio 5 Live’s Twitter account described Rachael as a “treasured colleague” who “inspired so many”.
Mother to Freddie.
Wife to Steve.
Our treasured colleague Rachael Bland has died.
She inspired so many with her blogs, the chart-topping podcast #YouMeBigC and certainly put the can in cancer.
We will miss her dearly. pic.twitter.com/b0UKRwDDCY
— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) September 5, 2018
Jonathan Wall, controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, also shared a statement following the news.
He said: ‘Today is a very sad day for all of us and so many of our listeners. She was a very talented broadcaster and a beautiful loyal colleague to so many.
“More than that, she turned the final year of her life into the finest year of her life delivering the most important broadcasting I have ever heard about living with cancer, and ultimately facing death because of cancer. She has made a profound difference to so many lives.
“We are all so proud at what she achieved – a truly heroic broadcaster and lovely wife, daughter and mum.”
Happy birthday @mr_blandy A husband of monumental awesomeness. Sorry treatment day coincided with your bday and you had to spend it all in hospital with me ? I wouldn’t have got this far without you! #birthday #drinks #aperolspritz #knutsford #outout #treatmentday #fucancer #stillstanding #passmealobster
Rachael is known for her hit podcast You, Me and The Big C and blog Big C Little Me where she helped others through their cancer journey.
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