BBC presenter Rachael Bland has died after a two-year battle with breast cancer.


Her family confirmed that she died peacefully at home in the early hours of the morning.

BBC presenter Rachael Bland died at the age of 40 after a two-year battle with breast cancer.

Her family confirmed that she died peacefully at home in the early hours of the morning today.

Following the announcement, Rachael’s husband Steve said in a statement: “She was an incredibly talented broadcaster as well as a wonderful and very much loved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, wife and, most importantly for her, a mother to her precious little Freddie.

She has also documented her struggle with the disease in an award-winning blog.

Bland worked at Radio 5 Live as a news anchor and presenter and co-presenter of You, Me and the Big C, a podcast about cancer.

According to the BBC, he described her as “perfect in every way” and added: “We will miss her more than words can say.

“We are all very proud of the amazing and tireless work she has done since her diagnosis to reduce the stigma surrounding cancer and prove that it is possible to live life to the fullest, even when faced with great challenges on a daily basis. In the end, although her body was the weakest, her voice was the strongest and most powerful”.

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The presenter started chemotherapy in 2016, had a mastectomy in July and entered a clinical trial of immunotherapy in May of this year, but the cancer had spread too far to stay with this treatment.

Rachael presented the podcast with Lauren Mahon and Deborah James, who are also fighting the cancer.

In August, she wrote in the Daily Telegraph and said “”I am not afraid to die, I only fear for those I leave behind. For my darling Freddie… for Steve and our families.”

The 40-year-old also often told how her greatest fear was leaving Freddie without his mother.

She added: “Steve and I don’t discuss how he will get along without me, but we do talk about all the things he should do with Freddie when I am gone.

“He’s a pretty emotional man, so I know he’ll cry a lot. But he’s also the most amazing father and he will go on and stay strong for the sake of our son”.


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