Jonnie Irwin's grieving wife breaks silence and admits his 'death still doesn't feel real'

Jonnie Irwin’s wife Jessica Holmes took to social media and thanked people for their support following her partner’s death.

The A Place In The Sun presenter died at the age of 50 following a three-year battle with terminal cancer after being diagnosed in 2020.

Jonnie died on February 2 following his diagnosis of lung cancer and his partner has now opened up about dealing with the loss in a tearful message.

In her new post shared on Instagram Jessica penned: “It still doesn’t feel real. The sadness is huge. I can’t even let myself think what another week without Jonnie will be like let alone another year another 10 years.

“I have been truly touched by all the support from friends and strangers. But nothing compares to how I have been picked up by my family and Jonnie’s sisters, your support and love means everything to me.

“I am loving watching the boys enjoy some days in the sun and having a change of scene is just what we needed.”

Jessica accompanied the heartbreaking post with a touching photo of the sea as the family take a break.

She was inundated with messages of support as her 11,300 followers flocked to the comment section and offered their support.

BBC‘s Escape to the Country presenter Nicki Chapman wrote: “Sending love.”

Another penned: “It’s super hard, taking strength from friends and family helps as does time, you just do it your way with their help and keep him in your heart, talk to him and love him from afar as only those who have lost can.”

A third wrote: “Oh Jess, my heart goes out to you & the boys!! Jonnie’s story was so so sad & so undeserved!! My thoughts are with you all.”

“You and the boys have been in my thoughts during this time of grief. Words are not enough. Jonnie was an inspiration to so many people and he’ll never be forgotten. Sending hugs,” a fourth commented.

A fifth shared: “The world is sad with you…one foot in front of the other…sending love.”

Jessica remained by his side throughout his cancer battle and was a pillar of strength for the BBC presenter. The couple, who wed in 2016, share three sons together.

His death was announced earlier this month in a heartbreaking statement shared to his 250,000 Instagram followers.

It read: “It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Jonnie’s passing. A truly remarkable soul, he fought bravely against cancer with unwavering strength and courage. Jonnie touched the lives of so many with his kindness, warmth, and infectious spirit.

“At this time, we kindly ask for the privacy of Jonnie’s family as they navigate through this profound loss. Their grief is immeasurable, and your thoughts, prayers, and support are deeply appreciated.

“As we remember the beautiful moments shared with Jonnie, let us celebrate a life well-lived and a legacy that will forever be etched in our hearts. Jonnie may be gone from our sight, but his love, laughter, and memories will live on. Rest in peace, dear Jonnie. You will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.”

The star was best known for his roles on Channel 4 show A Place in the Sun and BBC property show Escape to the Country.


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