John Diamond dies

Columnist and broadcaster John Diamond has died following a long battle with throat cancer.

Columnist and broadcaster John Diamond has died following a long battle with throat cancer.

Diamond, 47, husband of Nigella Lawson, was diagnosed with the illness in 1997 and died on Friday morning.

The former teacher wrote a touching column in the Times describing his battle with the disease.

He also went on to write a book - C: Because Cowards Get Cancer Too - which catalogued his treatment for the illness.

Diamond died at London's Royal Marsden Hospital where he had been admitted on Wednesday.

After spending time with his wife Nigella, he lost consciousness on Thursday.

Times editor Peter Stothard says: "John Diamond brought all his skills as a journalist to report for The Times from the frontline of the cancer war.

He shed unique light on a dark disease. That light will be John Diamond's greatest legacy."

Chris Williams, editor of the Daily Express, for which Diamond had been a contributor for many years and where he had written a column for the last two years, also paid tribute to him.

"John was a gifted writer and columnist who will be sadly missed. He was also a charming gentleman, who faced his illness with incredible courage."

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