Irish TV presenter Aideen Kennedy dies aged 43: UTV host loses battle with terminal illness

Irish TV presenter Aideen Kennedy, known for her career at UTV, has died aged 43 following a terminal illness.

Her passing comes after she asked fans to ‘say prayers’ for her in a Tuesday Twitter post, where she told her 16,600 followers she had been in hospital.

Revealing she was ‘bleeding in her stomach’, she shared photos of herself receiving one of 12 blood transfusions before claiming she was ‘going home to die’ three days later.

Tragic: Irish TV presenter Aideen Kennedy, known for her career at UTV, has died aged 43 following a terminal illness

Tragic: Irish TV presenter Aideen Kennedy, known for her career at UTV, has died aged 43 following a terminal illness 

The journalist had written in full: ‘So life has not gone well and I am as sick as I was as when I went in to hospital so essentially going home to die but getting palliative care.

‘The kids know. If you ever come across them, will you an eye out for them, they are the kindest, sweetest most thoughtful kiddies.’

Alongside, Aideen shared selfies alongside her young children Jacob And Eva, whose exact ages are unknown.

They had made a card for her saying, ‘To mummy, I hope you get well soon. Love you loads.’

Awful: Her passing comes after she asked fans to 'say prayers' for her in a Tuesday Twitter post, where she told her 16,600 followers she had been in hospital

Awful: Her passing comes after she asked fans to ‘say prayers’ for her in a Tuesday Twitter post, where she told her 16,600 followers she had been in hospital

The exact cause of her death has not been disclosed.

Former UTV colleague Rita Fitzgerald said: ‘Darling Aideen, I’m so desperately sorry to hear this. My heart is breaking for you.’ 

Her friend Emma Little-Pengally, who confirmed Aideen’s death on Saturday night, wrote: ‘Absolutely devastated. My beautiful, funny, kind friend Aideen has passed away.

‘I will miss her terribly. We met 22 years ago when we shared a room for the summer in DC and became firm friends. Goodbye beautiful girl.’

Family: Alongside, Aideen shared selfies alongside her children Jacob And Eva

Mystery: The exact cause of her death has not been disclosed

Family: Alongside, Aideen shared selfies alongside her children Jacob And Eva

Sweet: They had made a card for her saying, 'To mummy, I hope you get well soon. Love you loads.

Sweet: They had made a card for her saying, ‘To mummy, I hope you get well soon. Love you loads.

Open: The journalist had written in full: 'So life has not gone well and I am as sick as I was as when I went in to hospital so essentially going home to die but getting palliative care'

Open: The journalist had written in full: ‘So life has not gone well and I am as sick as I was as when I went in to hospital so essentially going home to die but getting palliative care’

She later added: ‘Our time here on Earth is done. I grieve for that. No more pain, or illness for you now. No more sorrow or trauma.

‘The most beautiful, kind soul that life gave me the privilege of knowing. Our walks and talks, craic and fun. I hope we will meet again. Goodbye my friend.’ 

Former political editor at UTV, Ken Reid, tweeted: ‘Tonight the thought Aideen is no longer with us is just heart breaking.

‘A decent soul who suffered too much. The news has stunned many of us. We all need to take care. God bless her. RIP.’

Appeal: Aiden wrote on Twitter on June 14: 'Day 19 in hospital - say a wee prayer for me. Bleeding in stomach'

Appeal: Aiden wrote on Twitter on June 14: ‘Day 19 in hospital – say a wee prayer for me. Bleeding in stomach’

Aideen is survived by her two children and parents Noel and Maura.

Her brother Dara died aged 35 with a brain tumour in 2016, while her sister Fiona passed away aged 44 in the same year with cancer.

She also told the Belfast Telegraph in 2018 that her older brother Rory had been killed in a road accident, some time after his first birthday. 

Upset: Her friend Emma Little-Pengally, who confirmed Aideen's death on Saturday night, wrote: 'Absolutely devastated. My beautiful, funny, kind friend Aideen has passed away'

Upset: Her friend Emma Little-Pengally, who confirmed Aideen’s death on Saturday night, wrote: ‘Absolutely devastated. My beautiful, funny, kind friend Aideen has passed away’

Emotional: Former political editor at UTV, Ken Reid, tweeted: 'Tonight the thought Aideen is no longer with us is just heart breaking'

Emotional: Former political editor at UTV, Ken Reid, tweeted: ‘Tonight the thought Aideen is no longer with us is just heart breaking’

Tribute: Former UTV colleague Rita Fitzgerald said: 'Darling Aideen, I'm so desperately sorry to hear this. My heart is breaking for you'

Tribute: Former UTV colleague Rita Fitzgerald said: ‘Darling Aideen, I’m so desperately sorry to hear this. My heart is breaking for you’

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