What happened to Jonnie Irwin? TV holiday estate agent illness Explained

Jonnie Irwin, a TV host, has spoken up about his illness, saying he believes that disclosing his diagnosis will encourage people to “make the most of every day.” Let’s see What happened to Jonnie Irwin and about why he disclosed his illness in detail.

What happened to Jonnie Irwin?

Presenter Jonnie Irwin of ‘A Place in the Sun’ courageously announced that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

“I don’t know how long I have left,” the 48-year-old presenter of the BBC’s Escape To The Country and Channel 4’s A Place In The Sun said in an interview that lung cancer had spread to his brain.

Who is Jonnie Irwin?

Jonathan James Irwin, an English television host, author, lecturer, and real estate and business specialist, was born on November 18, 1973.

Irwin attended Lutterworth Community College and Grammar School. He later earned a degree in estate management from Birmingham City University.


In addition, Irwin hosts the BBC’s Escape to the Country and To Buy or Not to Buy.
Irwin also presented the Escape to the Perfect Town spin-off of Escape to the Country.

Irwin’s program, Dream Lives for Sale, which featured him helping people sell their lives in the United Kingdom and purchase a business, was broadcast on Sky 1 in January 2011.
In late April 2011, he launched a new Channel 4 morning show called The Renovation Game.

His Business

Before moving on to work for Colliers International, Irwin worked for business transfer specialists Christie & Co, where he quickly rose to the position of associate director.

Irwin has provided business and real estate advice to customers for the past 10 years, ranging from modest high street gift stores to multimillion-dollar corporate hotel packages.
He still maintains a real estate and business consulting firm.

First warning sign of his illness

Irwin said that his vision blurred while filming A Place in the Sun in August 2020 in Italy, which was the first indication of his disease.

“Within a week of flying back from filming, I was being given six months to live,” he recalled.

“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.”

Irwin claimed he had chosen to keep his condition private up until this point. He and his wife Jessica had a three-year-old boy named Rex and two-year-old twins named Rafa and Cormac.

Jonnie Irwin Social Media posts

Jonnie typically engages with his admirers on social media, even though he didn’t respond to their queries.

Jonnie has recently stopped appearing on the show, leading one fan to comment, “Thought you had retired!”


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A post shared by Jonnie Irwin (@jonnieirwintv)

He recently stated on Instagram that he has been active in Spain helping private clients find homes, which prompted one fan to ask: “Are you still doing A Place in the Sun? Haven’’ seen you on it for ages (you’re my fav)” to which Jonnie cryptically answered, “Long story which I’ll share soon.”

“Are you OK?”

Even though he attended A Place In The Sun Live, the presenter’s absence from the program in March raised fan concerns.

A viewer’s comment on Jonnie’s Instagram after the program, which he hosted from Devon, was as follows: “Are you OK? You look completely different in today’s episode!” “I was just wondering the same thing [crying emoji].” another person responded. Jonnie was sporting a cap in place of his distinctive blonde hair, which had been shaved.

Jonnie Irwin statement

“It’s got to the point now where it feels like I’m carrying a dirty secret, it’s become a monkey on my back.”

“I hope that by shaking that monkey off I might inspire people who are living with life-limiting prospects to make the most of every day, to help them see that you can live a positive life, even though you are dying.”

“I’m living with cancer, not dying from it”

Chemotherapy and cancer medications have extended Jonnie’s outlook while he has made every effort to continue working.

He said: “I don’t know how long I have left, but I try to stay positive and my attitude is that I’m living with cancer, not dying from it.”

Creating memories for his family

Speaking with his wife Jessica, 40, with whom he has twins Rafa and Cormac, 2, and son Rex, 3, Jonnie explains how he developed the practice of telling people not to plan ahead because he might not be feeling well enough.

Jonnie and Jessica pictured with their three children

I want to make plans immediately, though. The fact that my boys will grow up without knowing their dad aches my heart, so I want to preserve memories and record these special times with my family.

“One day, this is going to catch up with me, but I’m doing everything I can to hold that day off for as long as possible.”

“I owe that to Jess and our boys. Some people in my position have bucket lists, but I just want us to do as much as we can as a family.”

Life Insurance

The TV host also urges viewers to take life insurance.

He added: “That has helped so much and when I leave this planet, I’ll do so knowing Jess and the boys are in a house that is fully paid off and there’s a bit of money in the bank for them to live off.”

People Pouring out Support to Irwin

Friends and Fans of Jonnie Irwin has been pouring out supportive comment to Irwin and his family after they come to know of his illness.

MHW PR tweeted,

“Good grief… awful news to wake up to … the lovely ⁦@jonnieirwin⁩, 48, (A Place In The Sun presenter) reveals his heartbreaking terminal cancer diagnosis.Only months to live. Gutted for Jonnie and his family 🙏😢”

𝕷𝖆𝖚𝖗𝖆 🎄 tweeted,

“This is actually heartbreaking. I’ve watched Jonnie on a place in the sun for as long as I can remember and always thought he is a smashing bloke. Sending love to him and his family ❤️ #JonnieIrwin #aplaceinthesun”

Johnny tweeted,

“Awful news… love to Jonnie and his family..”

Trudi Scantlebury tweeted,

“Awful news…he comes across as such a lovely, personable man in his programs, so very tragic!”

One of the awful things in the world is knowing how many days we have to live. We send our prayers to give Irwin and Irwin’s family strength to face every hurdle.


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