Monday, 27 January 2014

She's gone...

It's Alastair here with the news that Jane died peacefully at 11.22pm last night, Sunday 26 January.

Having worried for so long about how I could possibly live up to the brilliance of Jane's blog, I now find that of course I can't.  There are no words to describe how much Zak, Ilias, Rosie and I love her and will miss her.  There are, however, so many people Jane would want me to thank for their support over the last 18 months, and I will try to pull something together over the next few days.

We will be holding an event to celebrate Jane's life in a couple of weeks or so.  I will post details of that on this blog.  The one thing we do know is that it will be hosted by the wonderful Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, where Jane was so happy.  More news as we get it.

I'm so sorry to be breaking such bad news.



  1. I never had the pleasure of meeting Jane, we were Tweeps, communicating via Twitter.
    She was an inspiration to many and a joy to have 'known'.
    My thoughts are with you. The fight continues.

  2. Dear Alastair,

    We worked together at the MoJ. You were a great boss and I have fond memories of that time in my career. I never had the pleasue of meeting Jane but anyone who worked for the welfare of animals has my admiration and respect. My thoughts and best wishes are with you and your family.

    Simon Parsons

  3. Bless you and your young family.

    This is heart-breaking news.

    I liked Jane very much, we met on the BBC forum and then at that Patient Day last year. We will miss her.

  4. Hi Alastair.

    Thank you for your sad update. I worked with Jane at the Mail. I’m so sorry to hear about her passing. She was a lovely lady. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Rosie, Zak & Illias at this time. B x

  5. Hi Alastair,

    Thank you for the post. I used to work with Jane when she was at EMAP - she was our client but quickly became a friend. Always such a treat to see her - she helped me in so many ways and her sense of humor (especially about some of the bands she had to work with) made her a wonderful person to spend time with. We stayed in touch over the years and (of course) now I deeply regret not seeing her more often. We were supposed to meet for lunch in November but had to move it last minute with one thing and another - I don't think either of us realised things would move so quickly and so we never did rearrange.

    That reminds me - Jane (if you're listening) you still have my "Grave Of The Fireflies" DVD!

    Heartbreaking to read about the rapid decline in her blog posts/tweets but always framed by her loveliness, right until the end. What a brilliant, warm, caring, hilariously fantastic person and an awful loss - my heart goes out to you and your family.

    With sincere condolences,

    Tom x

  6. I've just read Jane's blog. And sobbed my way through it. I worked with Jane at MSM/Capital and will always remember her for the great friend she was to me then.

    I can only imagine the pain you and your families are going through and can't believe she's gone.

    My thoughts are with you and your children.


  7. Hi Alistair,

    I've just found out your sad news and wanted to add my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I also worked with Jane many years ago at MSM and Capital Radio and always found her to be a genuinely kind, fun-loving, lovely person. I cannot
    imagine what you will all be going through, but hope it helps a small part knowing that so many people cared for her, and will share your sense of loss.

  8. Hi Alistair, I worked in Jane's team at Capital Radio and i just wanted to pass on my deepest sympathies. She was such an inspiring woman and so much fun to be around. such a big loss. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. xxxx

  9. I met Jane via Twitter. I & my family send you our deepest condolences. I'll remember her as a funny, upbeat, special lady. We were all blessed to know her

  10. Alastair,
    My sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family, I'm so sad to hear of her passing.
    I had the pleasure of working with Jane twice - once at Capital Radio and a few years later at the Mail where we shared an office. She will remain in my memory as a happy, strong, intelligent woman with a fantastic sense of humour. RIP Jane.

  11. Hi Alastiar,
    My deepest condolence to you and the children, I had the pleasure of working with you and enjoyed hearing the great times you had. I will be praying for you and the family.

  12. Hi Alastair
    I will always have fabulous memories of Jane from our time working together at DMGT and will remember her MASSIVE collection of shoes under the desk. How she always smelt of Vebena by L'Occitaine and how we used to bitch and giggle. My love and fondest thoughts to you all
    Clare xxx

  13. Dear Alistair
    Just heard the news today. I wanted to send you and the kids our heartfelt thoughts. I feel like I am walking in Jane's footsteps at Us in a Bus and that our successes now are down to the things she put in motion.

    Renée & Neil and all the team at Us in a Bus

  14. Dear Alistair
    I have just read through Jane's blog, she was truly an inspiration and I know Rosie was and is so very proud of her mummy. Our thoughts are with you, Illias and Zak at this hard time.

    Emily and the team at Tiddlywinks Nursery.

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  16. Dear Alistair,
    I worked with Jane many many years ago at Virgin Records. She was a wonderful person with such energy and such humour. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Peter D

  17. Hi Alistair,

    Just heard this very sad news from a former colleague (NHH). My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  18. Hey Alastair
    This is a message from New Zealand. Just thought I would drop in on your Twitter acc and see what your up to and discovered this terrible news. I'm so sorry. My heart goes out to you.