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Jono Coleman dead: TV and radio star dies aged 65 after five-year prostate cancer battle

TV and radio star Jono Coleman has died aged 65 following a five-year fight with prostate cancer.

The star famously presented Russ 'n' Jono with partner Russell Williams on Virgin Radio.

He also worked at Heart Radio and the BBC and won ITV's Celebrity Fit Club in 2005.

His wife Margot confirmed the Aussie-born presenter had tragically passed away as she paid tribute to her "soulmate".

She said: "Jono and I have been soulmates for close to 40 years. We have been fortunate to have lived a rich and wonderful life and I have been lucky enough to watch up-close someone with enormous talent and the special gift to make people laugh.

"I will miss him beyond words and with the support of our gorgeous children, Oscar and Emily, and their partners, we will continue to live in the manner that he wanted.

"When I asked Jono recently how he wanted to be remembered, he said, ‘For doing a good deed every day.’ Such was the generosity and caring nature of the love of my life.

"We will find the time to bring together all those close to him to celebrate his life when circumstances permit."

Jono was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years but initially kept his illness a secret.

But he bravely shared his diagnosis to raise awareness of the disease.

Jono moved from Australia to the UK after reporting for TV children's show Simon Townsend's Wonder World.

He then joined Virgin Radio for his joint breakfast show with Williams.

But Jono was sacked after returning to Australia to visit his sick mother Sylvia.

The star eventually moved back to his native country with Margot to be closer to his family.


 

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