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Money For Nothing presenter EJ Osborne dies at the age of 45


Heartbroken Money for Nothing Colleagues paid tribute to EJ Osborne after his death on Monday at the age of 45.

The Australian handyman died on September 21 at Dorothy House Hospice near Bath, Somerset. A cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Sarah Moore, who worked with the transgender host on her BBC show, led the honors by sharing a picture of Osborne at the request of his grieving wife, Anne-Marie.

Tragic: Money For Nothing presenter EJ Osborne has died, confirmed his co-presenter Sarah Moore on Wednesday

With the caption, she wrote: & # 39; The entire @monfornothing team was devastated to hear the news that the amazing, inspiring, giggling and talented member of our TV family @hatchetandbear has passed away.

“I join the entire team, our craftsmen, production teams, directors, executives, viewers and friends in bringing our love and respect to his family. He touched us deeply with his obvious love of life, energy and commitment.

“He sent me this picture on vacation last year. Anne-Marie his wife asked us to share our pictures so I am posting this here as I think EJ looks so happy. Rest in peace and purple sequins my friend. See you on the other side. & # 39;

Big Loss: The presenter, who identified himself as a transgender man, died at Dorothy House Hospice near Bath, Somerset on Monday September 21

Big Loss: The presenter, who identified himself as a transgender man, died on Monday September 21 at Dorothy House Hospice near Bath, Somerset

Thank you very much: Anne-Marie addressed his followers in the early hours of Wednesday morning and praised the palliative nurses who took care of her husband in the last weeks of his life

Thank you very much: Anne-Marie addressed his followers in the early hours of Wednesday morning and praised the palliative nurses who took care of her husband in the last weeks of his life

Thank you very much: Anne-Marie addressed his supporters in the early hours of Wednesday morning and praised the palliative nurses who took care of her husband in the last weeks of his life

Reaching: Craftsman Jay Blades, a regular all-or-nothing contributor, also offered condolences after waking up to find that his colleague had passed away

Reaching: Craftsman Jay Blades, a regular all-or-nothing contributor, also offered condolences after waking up to find that his colleague had passed away

Craftsman Jay Blades, a regular All Or Nothing employee, also offered condolences after waking up to find that his colleague had passed away.

I just found out that my friend and moderator on @monfornothing @hatchetandbear @ej_osborne is in a better place now. Sincere condolences to his family for their losses. & # 39; (sic)

Anne-Marie addressed his followers in the early hours of Wednesday morning, praising the palliative nurses who, during the last weeks of his life, looked after her husband at Dorothy House, which focuses on the quality of life for people with life-limiting diseases.

Proud parents: EJ leaves Anne-Marie and little daughter Orla (picture)

Proud parents: EJ leaves Anne-Marie and little daughter Orla (picture)

Moving in: Anne-Marie shared a series of family photos with followers on Wednesday morning

Moving in: Anne-Marie shared a series of family photos with followers on Wednesday morning

Sharing a series of family photos, she wrote, “EJ spent the last three and a few weeks of his life being cared for by the wonderful women at Dorothy House Hospice. I was with him every day and was overwhelmed by their compassion, resilience and kindness.

“I know he felt so cared for and safe and I'll be Ella, Jemima, Gemma, Mandz, Clare, Trish, the Irish Helen, the Scottish Helen, Andrea and so many, many more who knew that it wasn't just a, never forget job. Real life miracles women.

“Dorothy House is a charity. If any of you can, please donate to them. I really can't imagine how we would have done it without her. & # 39;

Reaching: Katie Piper, who previously interviewed EJ for her Extraordinary People podcast, praised the late presenter for speaking out as a transgender man on his journey

Reaching: Katie Piper, who previously interviewed EJ for her Extraordinary People podcast, praised the late presenter for speaking out as a transgender man on his journey

Popular: EJ established himself as a talented handyman at Money For Nothing, where discarded items are retrieved, brought to a high standard and sold

Popular: EJ established himself as a talented handyman at Money For Nothing, where discarded items are salvaged, brought to a high standard and sold

EJ moved to the UK after leaving Australia and starting a new life overseas, first in Tokyo before settling permanently in Brighton after a stay in Madrid.

He quickly established himself as a talented handyman at Money For Nothing, where discarded items are recovered, brought to a high standard and sold, with all profits going to the final owner.

Speaking to Brighton Transformed, the woman-born presenter admitted he had a difficult start in his home country due to the parochial views of homosexuality in rural Australia.

Difficult start: The transgender host admitted he had a difficult start in his home country due to the parochial views of homosexuality in rural Australia

Difficult start: The transgender host admitted he had a difficult start in his home country due to the parochial views of homosexuality in rural Australia

He said: “I grew up in a small, remote Australian country town that was so homophobic that it was still illegal to be gay when I was a teenager there, my teenage years.

“I have moved away from transphobia, from homophobia, from my family expectations, from my existing group of friends. I started all over again in a foreign country and city, where I didn't know anyone and couldn't speak the language. & # 39;

Despite meeting Ms. Anne-Marie in 2007, the moderator later admitted that he didn't reveal his transgender status until shortly before his 39th birthday.

Emotional: EJ shared a post with followers in April citing a poignant speech by screenwriter Eric Roth, written for the 2008 film The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, in which the central protagonist tragically ages in reverse

Emotional: EJ shared a post with followers in April citing a poignant speech by screenwriter Eric Roth, written for the 2008 film The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, in which the central protagonist tragically ages in reverse

He praised his wife for her understanding during an appearance on Katie Piper's Extraordinary People podcast in 2018, saying, "She's a very outgoing person, she's very nice."

Piper paid tribute to the presenter on Wednesday, admitting that her interview was aimed at helping other transgender men who are currently on the same journey.

She wrote on Instagram: & # 39; Rest in piece EJ. You touched my life and many others. I still get messages about the podcast we did together and how it made a positive impact on other people's trips. "

Throwback: The host referred to his transition from female to male on the Trans Day Of Visibility by revealing pre and post pass photos in March

Throwback: The host referred to his transition from female to male on the Trans Day Of Visibility by revealing pre and post pass photos in March

EJ shared a post with followers in April citing a poignant passage by screenwriter Eric Roth, written for the 2008 film The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, in which the central protagonist tragically ages in reverse.

Quoting the film's title character, played by Brad Pitt, he wrote, “Every day I want to develop into a better version of myself. For what's worth it: it's never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be.

"There is no time limit. Stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules for this thing.

“We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the most of it. And I hope you see things that scare you.

“I hope you feel things that you have never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life that you are proud of. If you find it doesn't, I hope you have the courage to start over. "

EJ leaves behind his wife and their baby daughter Orla.

Family: EJ with wife Anne-Marie and their daughter Orla in a post shared with followers on Wednesday

Family: EJ with wife Anne-Marie and their daughter Orla in a post shared with followers on Wednesday

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