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Telegraph Columnist Rebecca Wilson Has Passed Away

Celebrated journalist Rebecca Wilson has passed away this morning, aged 54. Wilson was an award-winning sports journalist, as well as a broadcaster and columnist.

This morning, she lost her battle with cancer.

Her husband John Hartigan and sons Tom and Will this morning said: “Our amazing Bec lost her long battle against breast cancer early today.

She passed away peacefully in the family home in Sydney while surrounded by her loved ones.

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“Courage has always been a significant part of her DNA, no less in her desperate battle against her insidious disease.

“Rebecca kept knowledge of her illness a closely guarded secret. The majority of her friends, colleagues and indeed members of her family were unaware of the extent of her illness. She did so to limit their suffering.

“We are so proud that she was so fearless in her chosen role as a sports journalist. She brushed aside evil trolls, bullies and organised crime figures to prosecute her craft.

“She proved that women had an equally important role in sports journalism as her male counterparts. We dearly love and miss our Bec.”

Known for sharing her opinion, Wilson was often portrayed as a somewhat controversial character, joining the panel of the NRL Footy Show in 2005. That relationship famously didn’t work out. Our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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