The wife of former 7NEWS Brisbane presenter Bill McDonald has died, his family has revealed.
Julianne McDonald lost her “courageous battle with cancer” on Wednesday, aged 54.
In a statement on Facebook, son Jordan McDonald said the family was “deeply saddened” to announce her loss.
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“We love you and will miss you dearly,” he wrote, sharing a touching photograph of his hand clasping his mother’s hand in her hospital bed.
McDonald is now a host on Brisbane radio station 4BC.
On Wednesday morning, 4BC listeners were told of the sad news by McDonald’s colleague Gary Hardgrove, The Courier Mail reported.
“Gary Hardgrave here in the chair for Bill McDonald,” he said.
“Look, I have some sad news to share with 4BC listeners this morning.”
After reading out Jordan’s statement, he added: “We are thinking of Bill and his family’s four sons at this dreadful and difficult time.”
Bill and Julianne McDonald were together for more than 30 years.
They have four sons, Jordan, Hamish, William and James.
When Bill McDonald posted a picture with his wife to Instagram in December 2021 captioned “making memories”, one follower wrote: “You two – the blueprint for marriage.”
Celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary in January 2021, he shared a picture of the pair at the “world famous” Kooringal eatery The Gutter Bar, where they enjoyed a “great seafood platter”.
“Happy anniversary champions,” one follower wrote.
“Joy and happiness for your future,” wrote another.
After the announcement of Julianne’s death on Facebook, people paid tribute and expressed condolences for the family’s loss.
“Our deepest condolences to you and your family ….our thoughts and prayers are with you all,” wrote one.
“Rest in Love, beautiful lady,” wrote another.
“Sending love and kindness at this terribly difficult time,” added a third.
Bill McDonald was with the Seven Network in Queensland from 2014 to 2018.
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Source : 7news.com.au