Farewell dance with her son
Documentary shows the last days of Deborah James
In the documentary “The Last Dance” the late Deborah James says goodbye to her family, her friends and her life. The touching footage has now been broadcast.
Deborah James († 40) has lost the fight against colon cancer. The journalist died surrounded by her family, as they announced on Instagram on Tuesday.
Britain’s BBC has now aired a documentary showing the presenter’s final days, as well as heartbreaking footage from the family archives and interviews with companions.
Friends say goodbye to Deborah James
You can see how friends of Deborah James say goodbye to her. In her last interview, she openly admitted that she had recently been very angry and indignant and had asked her friends not to visit her anymore.
“I’m only 40. It hurts my heart to know what I’m leaving behind. Dying is exhausting. I’m just angry this week. To be honest, I was a real slut.” She yells at people around her, James said. “I push her away from me. The anger I feel about the cancer overwhelms me.”
Last dance with her son Hugo
Two videos in which the cancer activist dances with her son Hugo (14) to the song “Tale As Old As Time” from the Disney film “The Beauty And The Beast” are particularly touching. Once Hugo is still small and his mother is healthy. Once he is a teenager and his mother is already ill.
Lauren Mahon, 37, a cancer activist and a close friend of James, can’t hold back tears as she speaks about the deceased. “It’s so hard to be friends with people who have cancer because they’re dying. Still, I’m so thankful I had them. Please get screened for cancer, we can’t lose any more ‘debs’.” (grb)