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Tribute to the broadcaster Jonathan ‘Jono’ Coleman, who died on the age of 65

Tribute has been paid to Jonathan Coleman television station, who died at the age of 65, his family confirmed.

The TV and radio star was diagnosed with prostate cancer four years before his death and died peacefully on Friday with his wife and two children by his side.

Ian West – PA Images via Getty ImagesJono Coleman pictured in 2004

Jonathan, who was born in London, has had a successful broadcast career in both the UK and Australia.

In a statement tweeted by his son Oscar, the DJ’s wife, Margot, said her husband had been her soul mate for “nearly 40 years.”

She said, “We have been fortunate to have had a rich and wonderful life, and I have been fortunate to be able to observe closely someone with tremendous talent and a special gift for making people laugh.

“I will miss him indescribably and with the support of our beautiful children Oscar and Emily and their partners, we will continue to live the way he wanted us to.”

SAV via Getty ImagesJono in the picture 2015

She said her husband wanted to be remembered “for doing a good deed each day,” adding that it reflected his “generosity and concern.”

I love you dad Rest in peace @jonocoleman. pic.twitter.com/pxK0qCpNEt

– Oscar Coleman (@OscarBColeman) July 10, 2021

From the family: pic.twitter.com/bAdPHI7Bk9

– Oscar Coleman (@OscarBColeman) July 10, 2021

The popular, fast-talking veteran known as Jono first appeared on screen in 1979 and later teamed up with Ian ‘Dano’ Rogerson to become one half of the duo Jono and Dano in Australia.

After moving to the UK, he became half of Virgin Radios Russ and Jono along with Russell Williams in the mid-1990s.

Russell was among those who paid tribute and shared pictures from her radio career.

He wrote, “We’ve had the best times and right now it feels like the worst ever. My thoughts and love are with Margo, Emily, Oscar & Jono’s sister Sharon. Get some rest from ‘Little Buddy’ and ‘Thank You Indeed’. Blessed to have had him in my life. “

A number of others also shared tributes online.

RIP Jono Coleman. One of my early radio heroes and one of the nicest people I have ever met. I used to wake up with his voice when there were clock radios. A ball of positive energy that has climbed the heights of the industry in both the UK and Australia. “Wegwegonow …” x https://t.co/jhsNeoUJNC

– Adam Hills (@adamhillscomedy) July 10, 2021

I just saw this. What a radio giant Jono was, both here and in Australia. “Russ & Jono” used to love @VirginRadioUK with @ Russw777. Bless you Jono and your family

🗞️ “Radio and TV presenter Jonathan Coleman dead at the age of 65” https://t.co/JTtvVxFROApic.twitter.com/115q3YOFq7

– Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) July 10, 2021

Hello Oskar,
I am really sorry to hear this message.
Your father was a lovely man.
It must be a terrible time for you right now. My sincerest condolences.

– Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) July 10, 2021

Ah no. I am so sad to hear that Jono has died. What a terrible shame. Every time I saw him he was so damn warm and nice and funny. My condolences go out to his wife Margot, family and friends. RIP treasure 🙏 https://t.co/7F6XmPteBY

– Magda Szubanski AO (@MagdaSzubanski) July 10, 2021

We are very sad to hear that our former colleague Jono Coleman died of cancer at the age of 65. Our thoughts today are with Jonos’ wife Margot and his children. pic.twitter.com/VX8O2QNNvt

– BBC Radio London (@BBCRadioLondon) July 10, 2021

Jono’s family said they would “find the time to bring everyone close to him together to celebrate his life, when circumstances permit.”


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