Reverend Ruth Scott BBC Presenter Dies From Lymphoma at Age 66

ScottReverend Ruth Scott, one of the Church of England’s first female priests and BBC Radio 2 presenter, died on Feb. 20, 2019, at Southhampton Hospital. She was 66 years old.

Scott who was known for her show on Radio 2 “Pause For Thought” spoke with Chris Evens last week saying she only had a few weeks left to live and had been for the past two years secretly battling lymphoma.

On the show, she said:

I have got only two or three weeks to live at most, so we are in the middle of saying goodbyes with the family and thinking about how it is to be separating from one another. Death feels very strange at one level, but it feels very natural on another.

In an official statement released by her family, they said Scott died in Southampton General Hospital on the evening of Feb. 20 with her husband and daughter by her side. The radio presenter’s death was peaceful.

Head of Radio 2, Lewis Carnie released a statement saying Scott was beloved by the Radio 2 staff. Working beside Chris Evans and Sir Terry Wogan, her “Pause For Thought” show was heard by millions and was a great addition to the Radio 2 Breakfast show for many years. Carnie sent thoughts and prayers to Scott’s family.

Scott’s final broadcast on Radio 2 was from her hospital bed on Feb. 13. She told her listeners that she had days to live.  She leaves behind her husband Chris, son Tian, and daughter Freya.

Written by Barbara Sobel


Daily Mail: Radio 2 presenter Reverend Ruth Scott dies of cancer aged 60 with her husband and daughter at her bedside – only a week after saying: ‘I’ve had a fantastic life, I just wish it had been longer’
Yahoo: Radio 2 presenter Reverend Ruth Scott dies of cancer aged 60
The Independent: Reverend Ruth Scott death: BBC Radio 2 pays tribute to ‘much loved’ host after she dies, aged 60

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