BBC presenter Rachael Bland dies aged 40

BBC presenter Rachael Bland has died at the age of 40, almost two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Her family confirmed she died peacefully at home in the early hours of this morning. Bland was a familiar voice on Radio 5 Live as a newsreader and presenter, and won praise for co-hosting You, Me and the Big C, a podcast about cancer. She has also documented her life with the disease on an award-winning blog. Following the announcement, Rachael’s husband Steve said in a statement: “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 describes her as “perfect in every way”, adding “we will miss her more than words can say”.  Bland’s death comes two days after she revealed on Twitter doctors had given her only days left to live. She tweeted: “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.” In August, the Cardiff-born broadcaster said she was writing a memoir to leave for her two-year-old son Freddie as a “love letter to my beautiful boy”, whose third birthday she missed by just days.<

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