Reverend Ruth Scott of Radio 2 has died at the age of 60, it’s been confirmed.
The presenter and woman of the cloth was battling cancer in her final months.
In an emotional tribute, Radio 2 confirmed the tragic news on Twitter .
“Reverend Ruth Scott was much loved amongst the Radio 2 family,” they wrote.
“Working with both Sir Terry Wogan and Chris Evans, her Pause for Thought reflections were enjoyed by millions of listeners to the Breakfast Show over the years. Our thoughts are with Ruth’s family at this sad time.”
It’s believed Ruth died on Wednesday.
The mum-of-two had appeared on the Chris Evans Virgin Radio breakfast show earlier this month, where she poignantly told how she ‘wasn’t afraid of dying.’
In the first of a two part interview, Ruth said she was getting ‘rid of all the medical stuff’ in the hope of a natural death surrounded by her family.
“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 added.
Ruth had listeners in tears as she was interviewed by long-term friend Evans from her hospital bed.
After being diagnosed with lymphoma two years ago, Ruth said: “It feels weird at one level, but it also feels very natural at another level.
“I want to die as naturally as possible.”
During the heartbreaking interview Ruth revealed she’d hoped to receive a donor stem cell transplant but had been told by a doctor this month that the procedure would not be possible.
Evans described her as a ‘mother, missionary, nurse and midwife’ and said: “she was a hand to hold for thousands of people in life.”
Tributes have already been flooding in from listeners, with one writing: “@BBCRadio2 sorry very sorry to hear of the passing of Ruth Scott. She was a soundtrack to my morning and bought peace and wisdom. Rest in peace Ruth x.”
And another said: “Ruth Scott, my friend for nearly 40 years died yesterday. Words cannot convey the love she radiated and her generosity of spirit. Her last broadcast about her impending death is a small example of what an inspiring person she was. Please listen and share.”
More to follow.