BBC Radio 2’s Reverend Ruth Scott dies aged 60

Pause For Thought presenter Reverend Ruth Scott has died aged 60 after living with cancer for two years.

Her family said in a statement: “Ruth died peacefully in Southampton General Hospital on Wednesday evening with her husband and daughter present.”

Ruth has been on BBC Radio 2 for a number of years, working with Sir Terry Wogan and Chris Evans with the Pause for Thought feature in the breakfast show, and as a host on Good Morning Sunday. She revealed only last week that she had Lymphoma, saying “I’ve had a fantastic life, I just wish it had been longer.”

Appearing on Virgin Radio, Ruth told Chris Evans “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.

“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.”

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’.

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