Jonnie Irwin's widow reveals his final words before death saying it was 'cruel' how quickly the TV star died

Jonnie and Jess Irwin
Jess Irwin has emotionally opened up about her husband's final days -Credit:Instagram/jonnieirwintv

Jonnie Irwin's wife Jess has opened up about her late husband's final days, after he passed away earlier this year, following a battle with terminal cancer. The TV star, who had had presenting roles on A Place in the Sun and Escape to the Country had been diagnosed with lung cancer three years before his passing.

Jess has since been open about her heartbreak and grief at losing her husband, previously sharing an emotional update in which she shared that his "death still doesn't feel real."

Jess, who shared her three children, Rex and twins Rafa and Cormac, with Jonnie, also wrote: "I can't even let myself think what another week without Jonnie will be like let alone another year another 10 years."

Jonnie and Jess Irwin
Jess Irwin has emotionally opened up about her husband's final days -Credit:Instagram/jonnieirwintv
Jonnie Irwin
Jonnie tragically passed away in February following a three year battle with lung cancer -Credit:Channel 4

Now she has opened up to HELLO! about her husband's final days. Sharing that he'd returned home from the hospital just one week before his passing, Jess told the outlet: "It was cruel how quick it was. He came out of hospital the previous Friday and we lost him a week later.

"He didn’t leave bed the entire time, so we weren’t able to get out in the fresh air and process things." And revealing some of Jonnie's final words, she continued: "He told me 'I’m so happy I met you' and that he knew the boys would have the most joy and fun a person could bring."

Jess also spoke about how Jonnie had spent some of his final months transforming the family home, a process he had also been sharing with fans on social media. Discussing this, Jess said: "Some of the last things I said to Jonnie were about this house and how grateful I was for everything he did to make it more than I could ever have dreamt of."

Jonnie Irwin and his family
Jonnie and Jess shared three children together -Credit:Instagram/jonnieirwintv

Jonnie's death was announced by his family in a heartbreaking Instagram post at the beginning of February. The statement read: "It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Jonnie's passing.

"A truly remarkable soul, he fought bravely against cancer with unwavering strength and courage. Jonnie touched the lives of so many with his kindness, warmth, and infectious spirit. At this time, we kindly ask for the privacy of Jonnie's family as they navigate through this profound loss.

"Their grief is immeasurable, and your thoughts, prayers, and support are deeply appreciated. As we remember the beautiful moments shared with Jonnie, let us celebrate a life well-lived and a legacy that will forever be etched in our hearts.

"Jonnie may be gone from our sight, but his love, laughter, and memories will live on. Rest in peace, dear Jonnie. You will be dearly missed, but never forgotten."