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Deborah James’ mum pays heartbreaking tribute to late daughter with final photos

Dame Deborah James’ mum has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her daughter – who has died aged 40.

The BBC podcast star has passed away after a devastating five year battle with bowel cancer, as Deborah was remembered for her incredible strength and her amazing fundraising.

Deborah’s death was confirmed by her family in a poignant statement on social media.

Her mum Heather, who goes by the Instagram handle Bowelgran, shared some pictures of her daughter, and admitted her heart was broken as she paid a sweet tribute to her daughter.

“My heart is broken. Love you forever,” she wrote alongside a carousel of snaps.

Deborah’s mum paid a heartbreaking tribute to her daughter



She remembered her daughter’s incredible work



In a long statement shared online, her family paid tribute.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Dame Deborah James; the most amazing wife, daughter, sister, mummy. Deborah passed away peacefully today, surrounded by her family. Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and commitment to charitable campaigning, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that touched so many lives,” they wrote.

“Deborah shared her experience with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and change the conversation around cancer. Even in her most challenging moments, her determination to raise money and awareness was inspiring.

“We thank you for giving us time in private as a family, and we look forward to continuing Deborah’s legacy long into the future through the @bowelbabefund. Thank you for playing your part in her journey, you are all incredible.”

Deborah had been living life to the full despite her diagnosis



Deborah’s family also shared a final message from the star herself.

In a poignant message, she said: “Find a life worth enjoying; take risks; love deeply; have no regrets; and always, always have rebellious hope. And finally, check your poo – it could just save your life. x”

Deborah did some incredibly things in her final days, raising millions of pounds for charity as well as living life to the full despite her terminal diagnosis.

She went to Royal Ascot and enjoyed meals out with her family.

Deborah’s mum paid a heartbreaking tribute to her daughter



She passed away today aged 40



The former deputy headteacher was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and subsequently kept her nearly one million Instagram followers up to date with her treatments.

Her candid posts about her progress and diagnosis, including videos of her dancing her way through treatment, won praise from the public and media alike.

Alongside Lauren Mahon and Rachael Bland, she launched the You, Me And The Big C podcast in 2018.

The trio, who were all former or current cancer patients, candidly discussed life with, treatment of and other topics relating to cancer.

Dame Deborah announced in early May 2022 that she was receiving end-of-life care at home.

“The tweet I never wanted to write,” she said on Twitter.

“The time has come to say goodbye. 5 years to prepare, doesn’t make it any easy.”

After making the announcement, she set up the Bowelbabe Fund, which raised more than £6 million – more than 24 times her original target of £250,000.

For her efforts, she was made a dame, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying: “If ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it.”


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