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Zara Woodcock

Bill Turnbull cancer death - how he was determined to 'not let it win' in final days

Bill Turnbull previously opened up about his determination to beat prostate cancer before his death at 66 years old.

The BBC Breakfast host 'died peacefully at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family on Wednesday, 31st August', his family recently confirmed.

He was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and was cared for at the Royal Marsden and Ipswich Hospitals, St Elizabeth Hospice and his GP.

Before his tragic death, the host opened up about his 'bumpy' journey and how he wasn't going to 'let it win'.

In his documentary titled Bill Turnbull: Staying Alive, viewers got to see his journey going through nine rounds of chemotherapy as well as experimenting with medicinal cannabis.

"The chemo wasn’t pretty, but was fairly effective," he said. "Since then I have felt a lot better as time has gone on. My immune system has improved and my body is more back to ‘normal’."

Bill died at age 66 (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

He even adopted a healthy lifestyle by going meat and dairy-free, doing yoga, meditating and looking after his mental health.

"It’s hugely important to stay positive – that’s part of the treatment really. You can’t let this disease get on top of you because psychology has a lot to do with it," he explained at the time.

"One thing I’m not going to let it do is get me down because then it wins. And I’m not going to let it win."

He announced back in 2019 that his cancer had spread to his bones, but that he still had a “fair old time to live".

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"It’s a great consolation to me to know that while my disease is advanced, many men have been saved a lot of difficulty by getting an earlier diagnosis," Bill explained.

The presenter revealed his prostate cancer diagnosis in March 2018, saying he was diagnosed the previous November, and he detailed his treatment in the Channel 4 documentary.

In October last year, he announced he was taking a leave of absence from his show on Classic FM for health reasons.

Announcing the news on social media, Turnbull said he was taking “a leave of absence” from his weekend programme, which he had fronted for five years.

His family announced his death in a heartfelt statement released on September 1.

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