In a statement on Tuesday night, her family said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Dame Deborah James; the most wonderful wife, daughter, sister, mom. 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 dedication to charity campaigns, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that has touched so many lives.”
‘Take risks, love intensely, have no regrets’
The statement added: “Deborah shared her experience with the world raising awareness, breaking down barriers, challenging taboos and changing the conversation about cancer. Even in her most challenging moments, her determination to raise money and raise awareness was inspiring.
“Thank you for giving us time privately as a family, and we look forward to continuing Deborah’s legacy well into the future through the @bowelbabefund. Thank you for playing your part in her journey, you are all incredible.
“And a few last things from Deborah… Find a life worth enjoying; Take risks; deeply grounded love; have no regrets; and always, always have rebellious hopes. And finally, check your poop – it could save your life.”