Dame Deborah’s husband shares details about his wife’s ‘peaceful’ final moments


Sebastien Bowen has spoken in his first interview since her death about his wife Dame Deborah James’ “incredibly peaceful” final moments.

Dame Deborah, also known for her social media handle Bowel Babe, died of colon cancer on June 28 at the age of 40.

In an interview with The Sun, Bowen, who married the former deputy head teacher and cancer activist in France in 2008, said: “I kissed her on the head.

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I told her how much I loved her that I would take care of the kids and the last thing I said to her was that I was so proud of her

Sebastien Bowen, husband of Dame Deborah James

“I told her how much I loved her, that I would take care of the kids and the last thing I said to her was that I was so proud of her. Then she slipped away.

“She had an incredibly peaceful death, if there was a way to die well, she succeeded.

“In the end it was quite spiritual.”

The couple share two children, 14-year-old Hugo and 12-year-old Eloise.

In early May, Dame Deborah revealed that she had stopped active treatment and was receiving end-of-life care at her parents’ home in Woking, with her husband and their two children at hand.

The podcaster was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and went on to keep her one million Instagram followers updated about her treatments.

Her candid posts about her progress and diagnosis, including videos of her dancing her way through treatment, have been praised by the public and media alike.

Together with Lauren Mahon and Rachael Bland, she launched the podcast You, Me And The Big C in 2018.

The trio, all former or current cancer patients, candidly discussed life with, treatment and other topics related to cancer.

Bland died in September of that year at age 40, two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, leaving Mahon, 37, as the only surviving original host.

Speaking about his wife’s achievements during the last months of her life, Bowen said, “I am in awe of Debs, I am in awe of what she did and how she went about it.”

He also revealed what he misses most about Dame Deborah, saying, “It’s her magic, her way of finding joy in every moment – ​​even in the darkest of times. That’s what I’ll miss the most, it’s quite rare.

“It was at the heart of what made her unique.”

For her efforts, she was made a lady, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying, “If ever there was an honor richly deserved, this is it.”

Dame Deborah later said she felt “honored and shocked” to even be considered for the honor.

Another surprise was that her damehood was awarded by the Duke of Cambridge, who joined her family at home for afternoon tea and champagne.

Damehoods are usually awarded by members of the royal family, including William, during investiture ceremonies that take place in royal palaces, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

Shortly before her death, Dame Deborah also revealed that she had completed her second book, entitled How To Live When You Could Be Dead, which was due out on August 18.

Her first book, F*** You Cancer: How To Face The Big C, Live Your Life And Still Be Yourself, was published in 2018.


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