Dame Deborah James dies aged 40: The Big C podcast host known as Bowelbabe passes away peacefully surrounded by her family

Campaigner Dame Deborah James, 40, has passed away following her five-year battle with bowel cancer.

Tuesday, 28th June 2022, 9:28 pm

The death of podcast host and mother-of-two at the age of 40 was announced by her family on Instagram.

They said: “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. 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.

Deborah James on the 'Lorraine' TV show in September last year Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

‘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.

And a few final things from Deborah…”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.”’