Jasmine Harman leads tributes for Jonnie Irwin (Picture: Channel 4)
His family announced the ‘immeasurable’ loss on Friday, February 2, in an Instagram post asking for privacy for his wife, Jessica Holmes, and their three sons – Rex, three, and twins Rafa and Cormac, two.
‘May the sun always shine on you Jonnie 🙏🏾,’ shared Douglas with a lovely snap of Irwin filming their hit property show.
Harman, who joined the show at the same time as Jonnie, posted a long tribute to him on her social media, in which she called him her ‘partner in crime’.
She wrote: ‘I will always remember the first time I heard your name. When I was doing a screen test for a new show, they said “we definitely want Jonnie, but we need to find another presenter”.I wondered who this mysterious Jonnie was.
She shared this gorgeous photo of them together (Picture: Jasmine Harman/Instagram)
Jasmine called it a ‘pleasure and a privilege’ to work alongside him (Picture: Channel 4)
‘We met in Cape Town, filming the pilot. You we’re so charismatic and energetic, so confident and fun. I understood immediately why they had to have you.
‘Your cheeky-chappy persona and naughty sense of humour always broke the ice and made people laugh. Everyone warmed to you and you had the incredible ability to connect with people, making them feel like they’d known you for years.’
She said that it was a ‘pleasure and a privilege’ to begin their TV careers together, one which she ‘will be eternally grateful for’.
‘Professionally, you were well suited to life in front of the lens,’ Harman added. ‘But for years, you always talked about wanting to settle down and become a dad.
‘Your wish was granted when you met Jess. Never were you happier than in your role as husband and Dad to the most awesome three boys – you are a legend.’
Much of Irwin’s updates about his health have focused on spending as much time with his children and family as possible on wild adventures.
The presenter continued: ‘Life is simply not fair. We can’t reason with it; there are no answers to the question Why?
‘We can, in your memory learn to cherish every hug, every conversation, every moment, for the priceless time we have. Enjoy every breath, every sunrise and sunset, never take anything for granted, because tomorrow is not promised.
The pair have remained fast friends (Picture: Jasmine Harman/Instagram)
Irwin leaves behind three little boys and his wife Jessica (Picture: Jonnie Irwin/Instagram)
‘Jonnie, you’ve taught me so much in our time as work colleagues and as good friends. I have never admired you more than over the last few years as you’ve faced life with cancer with positivity, determination and bloody mindedness.
‘I’ve never known anyone as strong as you. You have done yourself, your loved ones and all of us proud.
‘The world is a little darker today without you, but I will always smile when I think of you. My partner in crime, my OG co-presenter – Jonnie, I will miss you.’
Got a story?
If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.