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

Jonny Irwin, a television host, has spoken about his illness, saying he believes revealing his diagnosis will encourage people to “make the most of each day.” Let’s see what happened to Johnny Irwin and why he revealed his illness in detail.

What happened to Johnny Irwin?

Presenter Jonny Irwin of “A Place in the Sun” has bravely announced that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

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

Who is Johnny Irwin?

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

Irwin attended Lutterworth Community College and Grammar School. He later earned a degree in Real Estate Management from Birmingham City University.

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

Irwin’s programme, Dream Lives for Sale, which has him helping people sell their lives in the UK and buy business, aired on Sky 1 in January 2011.
In late April 2011, he launched a new morning show on Channel 4 called The Renovation Game.


Prior to moving to Colliers International, Irwin worked for business relocation specialists Christie & Co., where he quickly rose to the position of Associate Director.

Irwin has provided commercial and real estate advice to clients for the past 10 years, from modest high-street gift shops to multi-million dollar corporate hotel packages.
He still maintains a real estate and business consulting firm.

The first warning sign of his illness

Erwin said his vision blurred while filming A Place in the Sun in August 2020 in Italy, the first indication of his illness.

“Within a week of returning from filming, I was given six months to live,” he recalls.

“I had to go home and tell my wife, who was looking after our kids, that she was pretty much alone. It was devastating.

“All I could do was apologize to her. I felt responsible.”

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

Jonnie Irwin posts on social media

Jonnie usually interacts with his fans on social media, although he did not respond to their inquiries.

Jonnie recently stopped appearing on the show, leading one fan to comment, “I thought you retired!”

He recently stated on Instagram that he has been active in Spain helping private clients find homes, leading one fan to ask: “Are you still working somewhere in the sun? Haven I saw you on it a long time ago (you’re my favourite)” which Johnny replied vaguely, “Long story I’ll share soon.”

“Are you well?”

Although he attended A Place In The Sun Live, the presenter’s absence from the show in March frightened fans.

A viewer’s comment on Johnny’s Instagram after the show hosted by Devon was: “Are you okay? You look so different in today’s episode!” “I was just wondering the same thing. [crying emoji]. Another person answered. Johnny was wearing a hat in place of his distinctive blond hair, which had been shaved off.

Johnny Irwin’s statement

“Now it’s come to the point where I feel like I’m carrying a dirty secret, it’s a monkey on my back.”

“I hope that by getting rid of this monkey, I may inspire people who live with life-limiting possibilities to make the most of each day, to help them see that you can live a positive life, even though you’re dying.”

“I live with cancer, I don’t die from it”

Chemotherapy and cancer drugs broadened Johnny’s outlook while he did his best to keep working.

“I don’t know how long I stayed,” he said, “but I’m trying 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, Johnny explains how he developed a practice of telling people not to plan ahead because he might not be well enough.

Johnny and Jessica are pictured with their three children

With that, I want to make plans right away. The fact that my children will grow up without their father knowing hurts me, so I want to keep memories and record these special times with my family.

“One day, this will catch up to me, but I’m doing everything I can to postpone that day as long as possible.”

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

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The TV host also urges viewers to get life insurance.

He added, “It has helped me a lot and when I leave this planet I will do so knowing Jess and the boys are in a fully paid house and there is little money in the bank for them to live on.”

People support Irwin

Friends and fans of Jonnie Irwin have been making supportive comments about Irwin and his family after learning about his illness.

MHW PR tweeted,

“Happy sadness…Dreadful news to wake up…” @jonnieirwin Latif, 48 (presenter of A Place In The Sun) reveals his agonizing diagnosis of cancer. Only months to live. Shattered for Johnny and his family

𝕷𝖆𝖚𝖗𝖆 tweeted,

“This is actually heartbreaking. I’ve watched Jonnie somewhere under the sun for as long as I can remember and always thought he was an overwhelming guy. Sending love to him and his family ❤️ #JonnieIrwin #aplaceinthesun”

johnny tweeted,

“Terrible news…Love for Johnny and his family..”

Trudy Scantlebury tweeted,

“Terrible news… he appeared on his shows as a beautiful and elegant man, which is very tragic!”

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

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