DEVASTATED friends have paid tribute to Money for Nothing presenter EJ Osborne who has died aged 45.
Osborne passed away at Dorothy House Hospice near Bath, Somerset on Monday.
It is not clear what the cause of death was.
The woodworker starred alongside entrepreneur Sarah Moore on the BBC show where they saved items from being dumped and transformed them into pieces for guests to sell.
Moore shared a picture of the pair together on Instagram and described the Australian as “fantastic and inspiring”.
Announcing the tragedy on behalf of his wife Anne-Marie, She wrote: “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 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.”
Ann-Marie thanks nurses who cared for her husband in the final weeks of his life.
Sharing a series of touching family photos, she wrote: “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.”
Osborneleaves behind a young daughter, Orla.
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