Jonnie Irwin facts: Age, wife, children, net worth and death cause revealed

Jonnie Irwin death cause
Jonnie Irwin facts: Age, wife, children, net worth and death cause revealed

Jonnie Irwin was an English television presenter, writer, lecturer, business and property expert who died on 2 February 2024.

He was best known for presenting the the Channel 4 lifestyle programme A Place in the Sun between 2004 and 2021, as well as the BBC daytime programme Escape to the Country between 2010 and 2023.

Jonnie Irwin Age

Jonathan James Irwin was born on 18 November 1973 and grew up on a small farm in the village of Bitteswell, Leicestershire. He passed away at the age of 50.

Irwin was educated at Lutterworth Grammar School and Community College. He obtained a degree from Birmingham City University in estate management. Irwin was of Irish descent.

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Jonnie Irwin and Wife

Jonnie Irwin Wife

Jonnie Irwin is married to 40-year-old Jessica Holmes. The couple married in 2016 which Jonnie described at the time as the “happiest weekend of my life”

Not a huge amount is known about Jessica as she steers clear from social media, except when Jonnie shares sweet posts about his family life or adventures with his wife.

Jessica is thought to be from Newcastle.

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Jonnie Irwin children

Jonnie and wife Jessica have three young children: Three year old Rex and twins Rafa and Cormac, two.

Rex was born in December 2018. On Christmas Day that year, Jonnie posted a picture on Instagram of himself and Jessica with newborn Rex.

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The couple’s first son, Rex, was born on Christmas Day in 2018. Picture: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv

Twins Rafa and Cormac came 18 months later in June 2020 – just months before Jonnie’s cancer diagnosis.

When the duo were born, he wrote on Instagram: “They’ve arrived! After a long day in hospital the boys finally decided to make an appearance. They are identical in every way including weighing a good 5 pounds 7 each. No names yet. Jess was her usual magnificent self. I’m so proud of her for carrying around what looked like a planet these last few weeks and huge thanks to the amazing staff at The RVI in Newcastle.

“Due to lockdown restrictions I’ve had to leave mum and twins in the hospital and await their return home so giving Rex as much fun & love as possible. We know having 3 boys under 18 months is gonna be hard but it’s better to have a surfeit of good news rather than a deficit. Bring it on!”

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Twins Rafa and Cormac were born in June 2020. Picture: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv

Jonnie Irwin death cause

Jonnie Irwin died on 2 February 2024 from lung cancer at the age of 50.

On Friday, a statement was posted to the British TV star’s Instagram revealing he died more than three years after he was diagnosed with a terminal case of lung cancer, which has spread to his brain.

“A truly remarkable soul, he fought bravely against cancer with unwavering strength and courage. Jonnie touched the lives of so many with his kindness, warmth, and infectious spirit,” the post read, alongside a photo of Irwin with his wife. “At this time, we kindly ask for the privacy of Jonnie’s family as they navigate through this profound loss. Their grief is immeasurable, and your thoughts, prayers, and support are deeply appreciated.”

“As we remember the beautiful moments shared with Jonnie, let us celebrate a life well-lived and a legacy that will forever be etched in our hearts,” the statement continued. “Jonnie may be gone from our sight, but his love, laughter, and memories will live on. Rest in peace, dear Jonnie. You will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. 🕊️💔”

Jonnie Irwin Illness

Irwin was first diagnosed in August 2020 after experiencing blurred vision while driving. A series of tests soon confirmed he had lung cancer.

“Within a week of flying back from filming, I was being given six months to live,” he recalled to Hello magazine in November 2022. “I had to go home and tell my wife, who was looking after our babies, that she was on her own pretty much. That was devastating. All I could do was apologize to her. I felt so responsible.”

The husband and father said his main goal was to inspire others to “make the most of every day.”

At the time, the Escape to the Country host told Good Morning Britain that he also wanted to spend as much time as he could with his wife Jessica and their three children — Rex, 3, and 2-year-old twins, Rafa and Cormac.

“I’m about making memories. I know my children are so young they won’t remember me,” he said. “I want to at least get it on camera or film to show them the early days were brilliant. I think our house for Christmas will be extravagant.”

Irwin initially kept his cancer battle private before publicizing it in November. Sharing his reasoning for disclosing it, the TV presenter relayed a very important message about dealing with those battling cancer: “My going public is more to educate those without cancer. Treat us normally. Treat us with respect.”

“You know, we are, in a lot of ways like people with disabilities,” he continued. “If we want to work, let us work if we’re up for it. Don’t make decisions for us — treat us normally. That’s why we’re keeping it secret.”

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Jonnie Irwin and his family. Jonnie Irwin Instagram

In July 2023, Irwin appeared on BBC’s Morning Live and opened up about spending the past three years in palliative care. “I’m really good. I have up days and down days but today is very much an up day. The family is great and very noisy,” he said with a laugh.

Irwin explained that he’s been in palliative care since day one after learning about the cancer. Initially, his experience meant going through blood transfusions as a day patient. However, he said he was able to “embrace it” after being surprised with how well he was treated.

“It’s a delight, actually,” he admitted at the time. “My perception of the hospice was very much a boiling hot room full of people that looked frail and towards the end of their days. This is nothing of the sort. It’s spacious, energized, comfortable. I mean, it’s even got a jacuzzi bath, ensuite rooms, and the staff are just amazing. So I’ve had a really, really good experience at my hospice.”

Jonnie Irwin Net worth

Jonnie Irwin, the talented English television presenter, writer, and property expert, had an estimated net worth of $5 million.

His multifaceted career spanned various shows, including the popular Channel 4 lifestyle program A Place in the Sun (from 2004 to 2021) and the BBC daytime program Escape to the Country (from 2010 to 2023).

Irwin’s wealth was primarily derived from brand promotions, TV hosting, and his property and business consultancy.

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