Australian broadcasting icon Jonathan Coleman dies at 65

Australian radio and television presenter Jonathan Coleman has died after a four-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 65.

He died peacefully last night, a statement released by his family said.

“Jono and I have been soulmates for close to 40 years. We have been fortunate to live a rich and wonderful life and I have been lucky enough to watch up-close someone with enormous talent and the special gift to make people laugh,” his wife Margot said.

Jonathan Coleman.
Jonathan Coleman. (Supplied)

“I will miss him beyond words and with the support of our gorgeous children, Oscar and Emily, and their partners, we will continue to live in the manner he wanted.

“When I asked Jono recently how he wanted to be remembered, he said, ‘For doing a good deed every day.’ Such was the generosity and caring nature of the love of my life.”

Coleman had a long and distinguished career in radio and television in both Australia and his home country of the UK.

He began in Australian TV as a presenter on Simon Townsend’s Wonder World! in 1979. He then went to hosting radio shows on Triple J and Triple M, before heading to the UK.

He was most recently a presenter on Studio 10.

He is survived by his adoring family, his wife of 31 years Margot, their children Oscar and Emily, his sister Sharon and husband Michael and his nephew Adam and partner Brandee.

Since the news of his passing, social media has been flooded with messages paying to tribute to the presenter.

Melissa Hoyer said she was “Devastated to hear of the death of Jono Coleman”.

“A g8 friend – a funny one at that, plus a man of wisdom, empathy & great love for his craft & family. There will be many sad people today. RIP #jonocoleman – Thinking of his wife Margot and their kids.”

Beau Ryan described Mr Coleman as a generous and happy man.

Jonathan Coleman and co-host Ian Rogerson in 1987.
Jonathan Coleman and co-host Ian Rogerson in 1987. (Nine Archives)

“Terrible news hearing about the passing of Jono Coleman. My thoughts are with his family and friends right now. He was a very loving, happy and generous man. We could all take a leaf out of his book. Rest easy my friend,” he said on Twitter.

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