'Three become two' - Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas shares heartbreak after losing wife to leukemia
Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas has said he is "suffocating with grief" since tragically losing his wife to leukemia.
The former Blue Peter host's wife Gemma died last week, just three days after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia at the age of 40. Acute myeloid leukaemia is a type of blood cancer that affects the bone marrow. They have an eight-year-old son Ethan together.
Simon (44) posted a picture of the three of them holding hands on Instagram, saying: "Three has become two. Heartbroken and suffocating with grief." He broke the devastating news on Twitter last week,
Thomas, 44, wrote in an emotional post on Twitter: "Today I am crushed with indescribable pain. Just three days after falling ill with Acute Myloid Leukaemia, my dear wife Gemma passed away yesterday evening surrounded by her family and friends.
"If you are a prayer - pray for my boy Ethan. 8yrs, precious and in bits. Thank you."
Simon and Gemma began dating in 2001 and wed in 2005. He told Mirror Online that his wife had been feeling unwell for some time and had been instructed to rest after visiting the GP on three occasions. After she was hospitalised, she was diagnosed wuith the disease 12 hours later and died 72 hours after that.
She spent her last moments surrounded by family and friends.
"My little boy had a little time with her but she wasn't able to speak to him. She passed away just before 6pm last night," he said last week.
"There was a real sense of peace. Today is the hardest pain I have ever felt ever."
"I would say, I'm not blaming our doctors here. I would say if you're worried about something and you're not getting an answer from your doctor, push. Three times we went. We were even told Monday morning to try some different pills and rest.
"Twelve hours later she was being diagnosed with blood cancer. You have to push them."
A Sky Sports spokesman said: "We are shocked and devastated to hear Simon's news. All our thoughts are with him and his family during this terribly sad time."