BBC presenter Rachael Bland has died aged 40 after battling breast cancer

Rachael Bland has been documenting her battle with cancer for the last two years and has now sadly passed away.

Rachael announced earlier this week that she had been told she has just days to live after being diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016.

Devastatingly, the 40-year-old journalist and mum-of-one passed away in the early hours of this morning (5 September). Rachael’s family confirmed the news and said that she died peacefully at home.

Rachael’s husband Steve released the following statement: ‘She was an incredibly talented broadcaster as well as a wonderful and much loved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, wife and, most importantly to her, a mother to her precious little Freddie.

‘We all take such huge comfort and pride from the amazing and tireless work she has done since her diagnosis to reduce the stigma around cancer and prove that it is possible to live life to the fullest even when facing huge challenges on a daily basis. At the end, even though her body was at its weakest, her voice was at its strongest and most powerful.’

Rachael said goodbye to her followers and supporters who had been tracking her battle with breast cancer on Monday with a heartbreaking message, which said: ‘In the words of the legendary Frank S – I’m afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days. It’s very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I’ve received. Debs and lozz will continue with the #youmebigc podcast. Au revoir my friends. 💋💋’.

Rachael was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016, and in May this year she was told the cancer had become incurable.

Since the news of her death people have flocked to Twitter and other social media outlets to praise Rachael for raising awareness even in her final days and sent their condolences to her family, husband and son.

One person wrote: ‘R.I.P Rachael Bland – amazingly brave and courageous mother and such an inspiration to others battling with this cruel disease.’

Another said: ‘My love and thoughts with Rachael Bland’s family, friends and all who worked with her at @bbc5live ; an incredible broadcaster, and an amazing human being too. Such sad news.’

A third added: ‘Rest peacefully Rachael Bland. Thoughts are especially with Steve, Freddie, family and friends. X’.