British journalist Gary Burgess died on Saturday (1 January) after he was recognized with terminal cancer. He was 46.
On Sunday (2 January), ITV confirmed that Burgess had “died peacefully” at a hospice in New Jersey, US the place he has lived since 2012.
Burgess was recognized with testicular cancer in 1999. He acquired therapy for tumours in 2015 and 2016.
The broadcaster documented his situation on-line, posting common updates about his diagnoses, therapy and restoration on a weblog titled Gary’s Chemo Diary.
On 20 November 2020, in a weblog submit titled “Life and Death”, Burgess revealed that docs had found inoperable tumours on his lungs.
At the time, he wrote: “A half hour video call with my oncologist in Southampton concluded I have a life expectancy of six to 12 months as my cancer is terminal.”
Burgess continued posting diary entries on-line till 16 December final 12 months. His final entry, “A wonderful Christmas Time”, detailed Burgess’s worsening situation, plans for a quiet Christmas along with his husband Alan, and his observe of gratitude.
In a press release to be launched after his loss of life, Burgess mentioned: “I’ve had the best life. I’ve had the luckiest life.”
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Counting his blessings, the journalist continued: “ I met my soulmate and the love of my life who went on to become my husband. I got to work with some of the most amazing people in newsrooms and studios doing the job I absolutely adore.
“And I’ve been able to share my own relatively short time on this planet surrounded by friends and loved ones who have enriched my life in ways they may never truly understand.”
Gary and Alan Burgess married in 2018, changing into the primary couple in New Jersey to transform their civil partnership to marriage after the same-sex marriage regulation got here into impact within the US state.
The couple’s marriage certificates is listed primary on the conversion registry, The Guardian reported.
In a separate statement printed by ITV, Alan devoted a line of dialogue from The West Wing – “being one of Gary’s favourite programmes” – to the reminiscence of his partner.
“You did a lot of good, Gary. A lot of good.”