Dame Tessa Jowell ’s family today told how she was smiling and laughing just days before her “beautiful death”.
Her husband, David Mills, spoke of her “merciful release” and her daughterJessie said that it had been an “incredibly peaceful” time. Former CultureSecretary Dame Tessa died aged 70 on Saturday after a battle against a brain tumour.
Mr Mills said she never gave up hope of finding a cure and in her final days they had been looking to try to create a vaccine from the DNA of the tumour.
“In one way it was a mercy that it all happened very, very quickly,” he told BBC radio. “It only took 36 hours really, from when she had this haemorrhage to when she died and she was aware of very little during that time, so it was a merciful release for her.
“In many ways, as the wonderful people who looked after her at Shipston Home Nursing, which is our local hospice at home service, said it was a very, very beautiful death... if you can have a beautiful death, she certainly had one.”
He welcomed the Government’s announcement that it was doubling funding into brain cancer research in the wake of her death to £40 million over the next five years.