Radio 2 presenter Reverend Ruth Scott dies of cancer aged 60

Laura Hannam
Reporter
The Reverend has passed away aged 60. (BBC Pictures)

Reverend Ruth Scott has died aged 60. The Radio 2 presenter passed on Wednesday with her husband and daughter by her side.

Dying peacefully at Southhampton Hospital, Scott had been secretly battling lymphoma for two years. Known for presenting Pause for Thought on Radio 2, and told  Chris Evans last week that she only had weeks to live.

Her family released the official statement: ‘Ruth died peacefully in Southampton General Hospital on Wednesday evening with her husband and daughter present’.

Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2 said: ‘Reverend Ruth Scott was much loved amongst the Radio 2 family. Working with both Sir Terry Wogan and Chris Evans, her Pause for Thought reflections were enjoyed by millions of listeners to the Radio 2 Breakfast Show over the years. Our thoughts are with Ruth’s family at this sad time’.



Viewers were moved to tears when she gave her last broadcast from her hospital bed with Evans on February 13.

Evans introduced her as both his former colleague and a close friend. He said she was ‘a hand to hold for thousands of people in her life’ and described her as as a mother, a former missionary, nurse and midwife.

She had told Evans that the idea of dying felt ‘very weird’ and that she only had ‘weeks to live’ at most.

“I’ve got two or three weeks to live at most so we’re in the middle of saying goodbyes with the family and thinking about how it is to be separating from one another.

“Death feels very weird at one level, but it feels very natural at another level,” she told Evans.

She also revealed that she had hoped to have a stem cell transplant, but her doctor had told her in January that she would be unable to.

“I’ve got to accept the fact that I’m dying. I’m not frightened. I’ve had the most fantastic life. I just wish that it had been longer,” she explained.

Scott leaves behind her husband of 37 years Chris, daughter Freya, 30, and son Tian, 23.

Chris Evans conversation with the late Reverend Ruth Scott can be listened to here.

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