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Radio “giant” Jonathan “Jono” Coleman dies aged 65 | Ents & Arts News

Radio and TV presenter Jonathan Coleman has died of prostate cancer, his family has announced.

The 65-year-old UK-born Australian nicknamed “Jono” died on Friday with his wife and two children by his side.

He first appeared on television in 1979 in Australia and then teamed up with Ian “Dano” Rogerson to become a double act, “Jono and Dano”.

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‘Jono’ Coleman has appeared on television and presented numerous UK radio shows

After moving to the UK, he worked with Russell Williams on Virgin Radio’s Russ and Jono show in the mid-1990s and was subsequently heard on Heart and BBC radio.

In a statement tweeted by her son Oscar, Coleman’s wife, Margot, said her husband has been her soul mate “for almost 40 years”.

She said: “We have been fortunate to have lived a rich and wonderful life and I have been fortunate to have a close look at someone with enormous talent and the special gift of making people laugh.

“I will miss him beyond words and with the support of our wonderful children, Oscar and Emily, and their partners, we will continue to live the way he wanted.”

She said her husband wanted to be remembered for doing “a good deed every day” which was indicative of his “generosity and caring nature”.

Speaking in 2018 about his cancer diagnosis, Coleman told Studio 10 Australia: “In about five minutes he [the doctor] Said, ‘yeah, well, I can tell you your prostate is enlarged and it’s kind of a hard lump so I would say you have cancer.’

A series of prominent personalities have paid tribute to him.

Gladiator star Russell Crowe described the DJ as “a lovely man”.

Responding to Oscar Coleman’s tweet, the Australian actor said: “Hey Oscar, I’m so sorry to hear this news. Your father was a lovely man. It must be a terrible time for you right now. My pluses sincere condolences. “

BBC Radio London, where Coleman had worked, said on Twitter: “We are so sad to hear that our …

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