It has been confirmed that BBC Money For Nothing presenter, EJ Osborne IS DEAD at aged 45.
Since news of his death was announced, the Australian TV personality’s colleagues at the BBC have paid tribute to his contribution to the series.
He passed away at Dorothy House Hospice near Bath, Somerset on Monday, and the cause of his death has not been revealed.
Osborne, whose full name was Ethan-James Osborne, hosted Money For Nothing alongside businesswoman Sarah Moore, with the two saving items from the dumping yard and upcycling them for resale.
He also released a book on Spoon Carving as an ode to his skills as a craftsman.
Moore announced his death on behalf of his wife Anne-Marie, sharing a heartfelt Instagram tribute to his legacy.
Describing Osborne as “inspiring and talented,” she said: “All of the @monfornothing team were devastated to hear the news that the fantastic, inspiring, chuckling and talented member of our TV family @hatchetandbear has passed away.
“I join with all of the team, our artisans, production crew, directors, executives, viewers and friends in sending our love and respect to his family.
“He touched us deeply with his obvious lust for life, energy and commitment.
“He sent me this picture last year whilst holidaying. Anne-Marie, his wife, asks that we share our pictures so I’m posting this here as I think EJ looks so happy.
“Rest in peace and purple sequins my friend. See you on the other side.”
Osborne’s wife also thanked the nurses and healthcare staff who tended to her husband in his final weeks, as he spent time with his beloved family.
She said: “EJ spent the last three and a bit weeks of his life being cared for by the wonderful women at Dorothy House hospice.
“I was with him every day and was blown away by their compassion, resilience and kindness.
“I know he felt so cared for and safe and I will never forget Ella, Jemima, Gemma, Mandz, Clare, Trish, Irish Helen, Scottish Helen, Andrea and so many, many more for whom it was clear it was not just a job. Real life wonder women.
“Dorothy House is a charity so if any of you can, please donate to them. I really cannot imagine how we would have managed without them.”
Osbourne is survived by his wife Anne-Marie and his daughter, Orla.