Tuesday, February 01, 2005


Ivan Noble passes away

Ivan Noble, the BBC journalist I wrote about last week, has passed away from a brain tumor at the age of 37.
BBC writer Ivan Noble dies at 37

Ivan Noble, the BBC News journalist who has been writing about his treatment for a brain tumour for the past two years, has died aged 37.

Thousands of users of the BBC News website followed regular accounts of his cancer, which last year included a second period of remission.

In November, however, his tumour began to grow again and last month he was admitted to a London hospice.

Ivan died on Monday and leaves a wife and two children.

Ivan started writing a column about his cancer not long after he was diagnosed in August 2002. There was a huge response from readers, some of which was published with each entry.

Many readers sent comments saying that Ivan's openness had helped them come to terms with their own cancer or that of relatives, and Ivan established a close affinity with some of them.

He appreciated the support of readers, saying: "It's incredible and humbling that people are interested in me - and it does me an awful lot of good because it takes me out of myself and makes me think about the job that I do."

In his final column, which he wrote late last year in anticipation of being too ill to continue writing, and which was published last week, he said the feedback people had given him had helped him survive as long as he had.

Following his diagnosis, Ivan had three brain operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. He also got married and, while in remission, took the decision with his wife to have a second child, who was born in July last year.

In his columns, however, he jealously guarded the privacy of his family, never referring to them by name.

A collection of his diaries is to be published later this year by Hodder. Proceeds will go to charity.
37. And with a wife and two children. Sheesh.

As I said last week, "God grant me Ivan Noble's grace and courage when my time comes, please. Baruch dayan ha-emet."
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