Inspirational BBC presenter Rachael Bland loses cancer battle, aged 40

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Rachael Bland passed away in the early hours of this morning. Photo credit: Twitter / @rachelhodges

TRIBUTES have poured in for Rachael Bland after she lost her two-year battle with breast cancer this morning.

In a tweet from her family, it was confirmed that the beloved presenter died peacefully in her family home during the early hours of this morning.

Bland’s death comes just two days after she announced over Twitter she had been given only ‘days’ left to live by her doctors.

“I’m told I’ve only got days. It’s very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I’ve received,” she said.

Last month Bland declared she was writing her memoirs which she has left behind for her “beautiful boy” Freddie, just two-years-old.

Bland made a name for herself throughout a distinguished 15-year career in the BBC, appearing across 5 Live, BBC News Channel and BBC World.

Recently, she garnered admiration for her positive approach to dealing with cancer, devoting herself to her acclaimed podcast, “You, Me and the Big C” as well as her supportive blog, “Big C little Me”.

The Twitter post which announced Rachael’s tragic passing has been filled with tributes to the star who evidently used her tragic situation to inspire, impact and touch the lives of so many people around her.

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