Simon Thomas took to Twitter to share a heartbreaking message after his Gemma died three days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.
The presenter shared a photo of Gemma, 40, alongside a message reading: “Today we said goodbye. I’ll always love you darl xx”.
Simon Thomas announced the heartbreaking news that his wife Gemma had died – just three days after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of blood cancer.
Gemma leaves behind their young son, eight-year-old Ethan, whom Simon Thomas asked fans “to pray for” after his wife died.
Former Blue Peter presenter Simon said he was “crushed with indescribable pain” after his wife died.
He posted on Twitter: “Today I am crushed with indescribable pain.
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[Simon Thomas/ Instagram]
“Just three days after falling ill with Acute Myloid Leukaemia, my dear wife Gemma passed away yesterday evening surrounded by her family and friends.
“If you are a prayer – pray for my boy Ethan. 8yrs, precious and in bits. Thank you.”
Acute myeloid leukaemia is a type of blood cancer that affects the bone marrow.
Simon told The Mirror that Gemma felt ill last week and visited her GP where she was advised to rest.
“She felt very unwell last weekend and we took her to the doctor’s three times, but three times they didn’t seem concerned,” he said.
The 44 year old said that she started chemotherapy on the Tuesday night, and although she initially responded well, her condition quickly worsened and she died just days later surrounded by family and friends.