Michelle Mullane dies after bowel cancer battle as Jason Manford pays tribute

Michelle Mullane has tragically died following her battle with bowel cancer at the age of 50.

The former BBC Radio Manchester and XFM radio presenter sadly passed away on Christmas Eve after bravely battling stage 4 bowel cancer for over a year.

The sad news was confirmed by her close friend Jason Manford, who shared a touching tribute to Michelle on social media.

Last year, Michelle had been rushed to hospital in June with agonising stomach pains before being told she had six months to live without treatment.

Despite the diagnosis, the radio star and mum from Alderley Edge continued to raise money for Cancer Research UK as she faced the incurable cancer.

Tributes have flooded in for Michelle after news of her death following a brave battle with cancer.

Michelle Mulane has sadly passed away

Jason Manford wrote: “Just found out my dear friend and ex-BBC Manchester presenter Michelle Mullane sadly passed away on Christmas Eve,” he wrote.

“I have so many fond memories of Michelle from when I was starting out in stand up in the late 90s.

“Michelle was the first person to get me on the airwaves and we spent many an evening laughing, flirting & joking over brews; on air and off.

“We drank millions of cups of tea and her show ‘Michelle around Midnight’ was one of the only shows you could get on, get paid and just be yourself without having to be a big ‘tv name’.

“She was an incredible supporter of new talent and gave a leg up to so many of us northern comedians at a time where it felt like if you weren’t in London, you didn’t stand a chance. She has supported me and many others ever since.

“She will be dearly missed by so many people, not least her young daughter Liv.

“She only messaged me the other week to congratulate me on Royal Variety and to say how proud she was of me.

“For over a year we’ve been trying to organise a charity gig – postponed due to covid – in aid of Kidney Cancer UK & Bowel Cancer Research.

“The second we are able to, I will 100% make sure this happens in your name Michelle,” Jason penned on Twitter.

ITV correspondent Rob Smith has also added: “So sad to hear this morning that the broadcaster Michelle Mullane has died.

“She led a remarkable life and did everything she could to keep fundraising going for cancer research during the pandemic. Every condolence to her friends and family.”

Elaine Willcox wrote: “So sad to hear Michelle Mullane died on Christmas Eve. She was a brilliant broadcaster & wonderful friend to our dear Tony Morris. Thoughts with all her friends & family. 2020 we can’t wait for you to end.

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