Dame Deborah James, 40, dies of intestinal cancer.

Dame Deborah James' 8-year bowel cancer struggle is gone.The BBC podcast host died at 40. Instagram confirmed James' death. The reporter has bowel cancer.

In 2018, she began sharing her cancer struggle on BBC's "You, Me and the Big C" podcast.

"Dame Deborah James was the most amazing wife, daughter, sister, and mother. Deborah died quietly surrounded by family, according to an Instagram memorial.

Deborah, known as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration. We are very proud of her work and commitment to philanthropic advocacy, fundraising, & increasing cancer awareness.

Deborah shared her experience to promote cancer awareness, break down barriers, question taboos, and alter the dialogue. 

Her commitment to raise money & awareness was admirable, even in difficult times. "We thank you for giving us family time & look forward to extending Deborah's legacy through @bowelbabefund."

James founded the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research in May, days after revealing she was in hospice care. Prince William made her Dame Commander two days later.

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