Piers Morgan and Adele Roberts lead tributes for Dame Deborah James after death

Piers Morgan and Adele Roberts have led tributes to Dame Deborah James, who has died at the age of 40.

BBC podcast presenter, campaigner and blogger James, who was also known as Bowelbabe, announced she had moved to end-of-life hospice care in May and spent the final months of her life raising more than £6million for Cancer Research UK.

Her loved ones announced her death in an emotional Instagram post, sharing photos of her smiling and videos of her dancing.

Tributes have poured in from stars, with Adele Roberts, who was recently given the all-clear following a battle with bowel cancer, writing: ‘My heart hurts 💔

‘Thank you for everything Deborah. Thank you for being so strong for so long and helping others when you were in so much pain yourself.

‘You are the best of us. Thinking of your family and friends and I am forever grateful to you for helping me and my family ❤️

‘Rebellious hope forever 🙏🏽.’

First Dates personality Fred Sirieix tweeted: ‘Deborah James passed away. Poor thing. RIP.’

Carol Vorderman said: ‘Rest in peace @Bowelbabe. Your incredible spirit will live on.’

James’ loved ones shared the news of her death with a statement reading: ‘Dame Deborah James.

‘We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Dame Deborah James; the most amazing wife, daughter, sister, mummy. Deborah passed away peacefully today, surrounded by her family.

‘Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and commitment to charitable campaigning, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that touched so many lives.

‘Deborah shared her experience with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and change the conversation around cancer. Even in her most challenging moments, her determination to raise money and awareness was inspiring.

‘We thank you for giving us time in private as a family, and we look forward to continuing Deborah’s legacy long into the future through the @bowelbabefund.

‘Thank you for playing your part in her journey, you are all incredible.

‘And a few final things from Deborah…“find a life worth enjoying; take risks; love deeply; have no regrets; and always, always have rebellious hope. And finally, check your poo – it could just save your life.” x (Shared with Deborah’s permission).’

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