‘Courageous’ Rachael Bland Dies 2 Days After Saying ‘Goodbye’ To Fans, Aged 40

Courageous Rachael Bland Dies 2 Days After Saying Goodbye To Fans, Aged 40 rachael1bigclittleme/Instagram

BBC newsreader Rachael Bland has died two days after saying ‘goodbye’ to fans. 

The 40-year-old revealed on Twitter on Monday that she had been informed she had ‘just days to live’, after her breast cancer became incurable.

Rachael was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016.

She thanked everyone for her support, and said goodbye to her fans, writing:

In the words of the legendary Frank S – I’m afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days. It’s very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I’ve received. Debs and lozz will continue with the #youmebigc podcast. Au revoir my friends.

Rachael’s husband shared the tragic news on social media this morning, writing:

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.

Rachael worked to document her experience with cancer, co-hosting a podcast called ‘You, Me and the Big C’ and writing about the disease on an award-winning blog called ‘Big C, Little Me’.

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If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence, contact Macmillan’s Cancer Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 8pm).