Studio 10 star Jono Coleman dead at 65 after cancer battle
Studio 10 star Jonathan 'Jono' Coleman has died at the age of 65 after a four-year battle with prostate cancer.
The UK-born TV and radio icon's family announced the sad news in a touching statement on Twitter on Saturday morning.
Studio 10 star's passing
"It is with the heaviest of hearts that the Coleman family confirm radio and television presenter Jonathan Coleman OAM has lost his four-year battle with prostate cancer.
"He died peacefully last night with his adored Margot and children Oscar (27) and Emily (24) by his side, aged 65."
Jono's wife of 31 years, Margot, remembered her husband as "someone with enormous talent and the gift of making people laugh".
"I will miss him beyond words but with the support of our gorgeous children, Oscar and Emily, and their partners, we will continue to live in the manner he wanted," she said.
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The family's statement was shared by Jono's son Oscar, who also tweeted a sweet photo of him with his late dad.
"Love you dad. Rest in Peace," he wrote.
Jono's famous friends and colleagues have paid tribute to the much-loved media personality on social media.
"Rest In Peace Jono. You will forever remain fabulous," wrote Melissa Doyle, who previously worked with Jono on Sunrise.
"So very sad to read this!" tweeted 10 News anchor Sandra Sully.
"Vale, Jono Coleman. The most eternally effervescent man I ever met. He could have bubbled happily for Australia, and effectively did. Condolences to the family," wrote Peter FitzSimons.
Comedian and TV presenter Joel Creasey shared a fun photo of the Studio 10 cast dressed up in Halloween costumes with the message:
"So heart broken to hear about beautiful Jono Coleman. Had the pleasure of working with him many times and doing ridiculous shit like this (don’t ask). You’d be hard pressed to find a lovelier guy."
The official Twitter account for Studio 10 shared a number of happy snaps from Jono's time on the show, with a promise to dedicate Monday's program to the late star.
The #Studio10 family is utterly heartbroken about the passing of our beloved Jono Coleman. We will pay tribute to him on Monday in the best way we know how. Our thoughts are with his family - wife Margot, and children Emily and Oscar - who he adored beyond all else. pic.twitter.com/sZRv5yENF1
— Studio 10 (@Studio10au) July 10, 2021
Jono was born in Hackney, London, and made his TV debut on Aussie kid's show Simon Townsend's Wonder World! in 1979.
In the early '80s, he was one-half of the country's number one radio show, Triple M's 'Jono and Dano' with co-host Ian 'Dano' Rogerson.
In 1988, the pair took their blend of comedy and music to the small screen, starring in the wildly popular but short-lived Channel 7 program, Saturday Morning Live.
Shortly after, Jono returned to the UK for a six-year stint working for BBC Radio before heading back down under in the mid-2000s to continue his successful TV and radio career.
He's best known for his role on Studio 10, which saw him present various segments including advertorials.
.@jonocoleman hopes opening up about his cancer battle will encourage others to get a prostate test. #Studio10 pic.twitter.com/EtKNO7wgwc
— Studio 10 (@Studio10au) July 19, 2018
He was also heavily involved in charity work and supported many organisations including Variety Club Australia, Carers' Australia and, more recently, the Movember foundation.
In 2015 Jono was awarded an OAM for his services to the broadcast media industry and to the community.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in July 2017 and began aggressive treatment immediately, however, Jono decided to keep his health battle private for the first 12 months.
He bravely opened up about his diagnosis on Studio 10, leaving his co-hosts Sarah Harris, Angela Bishop and Joe Hildebrand in tears.
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