The UK media personality and podcaster has lost her five-year battle with bowel cancer, aged 40, her family announced on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning AEST).
“We are so sad to hear the heartbreaking news about Dame Deborah,” the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tweet began Wednesday morning.
“Our thoughts are with her children, family and loved ones. Deborah was an inspiring and unwaveringly brave woman whose legacy will live on. W&C.”
The note was signed with the couple’s initials, indicating that it was written personally by William and Catherine.
The royals defended the activist, known as the Bowel Babe, and donated to her charity Bowelbabe Fund, which she had announced in emotional farewell message after entering end-of-life care at his parents’ house.
The couple donated to the foundation, when it was first announced in May, which benefits the Marsden Royal Hospitalwho helped treat James and Prince William is his royal patron.
The 40-year-old was even awarded compensation after raising more than £6.5 million ($11.5 million) in a matter of days after the announcement, with Prince William bestows the honor on her in a special ceremony in the garden..
Following that effort, Bowel Babe launched a clothing collection in collaboration with In the Style, which has so far raised more than £1 million ($1.76 million) for both the Bowelbabe Fund and Cancer Research UK.
In a statement announcing her death on June 28, the family said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dame Deborah James; the most incredible wife, daughter, sister and mother. Deborah passed away peacefully today surrounded by her family.
“Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and commitment to charity campaigns, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of the cancer that has affected so many. lives.
“Deborah shared her experience with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and change the conversation about cancer. Even in her most challenging moments, her determination to raise money and awareness was inspiring.”
The journalist, who was presenter of the BBC podcast. You, me and the big C, She is survived by her husband Sebastien Bowen and their two sons, Hugo, 14, and daughter Eloise, 12.
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