BBC newsreader Rachael Bland dies

Her husband Steve has shared the tragic news

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BBC journalist Rachael Bland has died, her family have announced in a heartbreaking social media post.

Her husband Steve wrote on her Instagram page: “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.

“Thank you. Steve and Freddie xxx”

On Monday, the mum of one told her followers she only had days left to live.

The Radio Five Live newsreader was told in May that the breast cancer she had been diagnosed with in November 2016 was incurable.

Referencing Frank Sinatra’s My Way, she wrote: “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.

“Au revoir, my friends.”

Her supporters have rallied to praise her courage.

Writing for The Telegraph last month, Rachael revealed that she was drafting her memoirs to leave for her two-year-old son, Freddie.

The 40-year-old said she still hadn’t given up all hope, as she’d been trying some pioneering treatments of early phase clinical trials.

Rachael Bland (Credit: Instagram)
Rachael had been undertaking clinical trials for new treatments (Credit: Instagram)

She added that she was trying not to think too much about how much time she might have left as she wanted to enjoy every moment she can with her son.

She said: “I have to suppress a lot of the darkest thoughts about Freddie growing up without his mummy around. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the precious times we have left together.

Rachael Bland and her son (Credit: Instagram)
The journalist has been writing a memoir of her life for her son (Credit: Instagram)

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“We find denial is the best tactic to get through this, and until someone tells us ‘This is the end’, we’ll try, as much as we can, to keep going as normal.”

Rachael and her husband Steve had been focusing on enjoying their time together as a family (Credit: Instagram)

Speaking about her book for Freddie, she explained: “I feel writing is the best way I can get my personality across to him.

“It contains all the stories and the advice that I would have given Fred over the years, but won’t be around to do in person.”

Rachael’s memoir will be the “ultimate gift of love” to her son (Credit: Instagram)

“I hope he will come back to it through his life and it will resonate in different ways at different stages. Writing it has made me laugh, smile and cry in equal measure.”

Rachael was told by friends who lost their mothers young that they would love to have something like that to turn to so the book will be the “ultimate gift of my love” to her son.

She had been documenting her experience for the podcast You, Me and the Big C