Jason Manford heartbroken as BBC and Xfm radio star pal Michelle Mullane dies aged 50December 28, 2020
JASON Manford has paid tribute to former BBC Manchester and Xfm star Michelle Mullane after she died this week.
The stand-up comedian, 39, explained how his friend passed away on Christmas Eve aged 50 after a battle with bowel cancer.
He explained that she had been in touch with him as recently as his Royal Variety Show hosting gig just two weeks ago.
Jason told his Facebook followers: "Just found out my dear friend and ex-BBC Manchester presenter Michelle Mullane sadly passed away on Christmas Eve.
"I have so many fond memories of Michelle from when I was starting out in stand up in the late 90s.
"Michelle was the first person to get me on the airwaves and we spent many an evening laughing, flirting & joking over brews; on air and off.
"We drank millions of cups of tea and her show ‘Michelle around Midnight’ was one of the only shows you could get on, get paid and just be yourself without having to be a big ‘tv name’.
"She was an incredible supporter of new talent and gave a leg up to so many of us northern comedians at a time where it felt like if you weren’t in London, you didn’t stand a chance.
"She has supported me and many others ever since. She will be dearly missed by so many people, not least her young daughter Liv.
"She only messaged me the other week to congratulate me on Royal Variety and to say how proud she was of me.
"Even in her state, she still thought of others. For over a year we’ve been trying to organise a charity gig (postponed due to covid) in aid of Kidney Cancer UK & Bowel Cancer Research.
"The second we are able to, I will 100% make sure this happens in your name Michelle."
He signed off the message: "Thank you for everything. All my love, Jason."
ITV correspondent Rob Smith added his own online tribute, writing: "So sad to hear this morning that the broadcaster Michelle Mullane has died.
"She led a remarkable life and did everything she could to keep fundraising going for cancer research during the pandemic. Every condolence to her friends and family."
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