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Steve Hewlett

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partystress Mon 20-Feb-17 19:04:10

Knew it was coming, but still feel so sad he has gone. Wonder how Eddie Mair held it together this afternoon - they had sounded so close all through the interviews. Feel Steve left a tremendous legacy in terms of emotional literacy in the way he talked about his illness, his treatment, the professionals and his own feelings.

TinyTumble Mon 20-Feb-17 19:38:22

Compelled to add my own thoughts - I admired his honesty, his straightforward approach. He was so utterly frank and forthright, never sentimental yet the interviews were always profoundly moving. I have no idea how Eddie Mair held it together, by the end of this evening's tribute I was in tears. Condolences to his family and friends. A great journalist. RIP.

TheRollingCrone Mon 20-Feb-17 19:41:42

Just such generosity from Steve Hewlett - to let the listening public in. He sounded so very tired last week. RIP

TeaBelle Mon 20-Feb-17 19:43:14

He went downhill so quickly sad as soon as I heard Eddie's voice tonight I had a lump and thought the worst had happened.

Ohyesiam Mon 20-Feb-17 19:45:20

I have been really touched by his straight forward attitude, and his emotional literacy
. my thoughts are with his family and his new wife.

Fluffy24 Mon 20-Feb-17 19:46:08

What a truly inspiring man.

MrSlant Mon 20-Feb-17 20:37:25

Fantastic piece of journalism the whole way along. What and education he has given. I hope his family, and Eddie! are all ok tonight.

1stWorldProblems Mon 20-Feb-17 20:44:30

Sadly (& sort of wrongly) his interviews with Eddie had become the radio highlight of my week. His Media Show was one of my favourites before that - he was a very incisive & challenging interviewer. First AA Gill & now Steve - two distinct voices lost to cancer in recent months. He will be missed (& he did so much for discussing cancer in the way.)

Jellykat Mon 20-Feb-17 20:46:56

I agree it all moved so quickly at the end, up until the point when he married his partner, i felt there was still hope.

A very very brave and inspiring man sad my thoughts are with his family.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Mon 20-Feb-17 20:47:11

He was so inspiring. Sounded an amazing man. Loved listening to him on Monday evenings. RIP Steve.

amispartacus Mon 20-Feb-17 20:55:18

I heard his reports on PM. Can't believe it was so quick. Eddie Mair is a wonderful interviewer -(I have been interviewed by him) - and he was so lovely with Steve. I also used to listen to Steve on the media show. A sad loss.

GU24Mum Mon 20-Feb-17 22:35:28

I listened to one of his recent interviews (about his wedding) : the children and I all sat in the car on the drive to listen to the end of the programme as Steve was such a calm and captivating speaker. Very sad to hear today's news.

viques Mon 20-Feb-17 22:43:15

Very sad. The discussions with Mair were so moving. I had missed the last couple of weeks, last time I heard him was the interview in the hospital. immunotherapy sounds as though it will have enormous possibilities for treatment, thanks to people like Steve and my dear friend R who were willing to try it.

ScaryMonstersandSuperCreeps Mon 20-Feb-17 22:52:14

I hadn't really heard of him but my DP has the same cancer and we were shocked Steve went so so quickly! sad
DP was diagnosed in November 2015 and is currently quite well. My thoughts are with Steve's family.

Vango Tue 21-Feb-17 08:19:01

My heart broke when I heard the news last night. RIP Steve. Love to all who knew him, and to Eddie.

Dulcimena Tue 21-Feb-17 09:10:58

Very, very sad. Like everyone else, even though I knew it was coming, I still gasped last night at the news. Kudos to Steve for sharing the experience with the world; RIP. And kudos too to Eddie Mair for such a wonderfully calming interview technique. Fantastic journalism all round.

Condolences to the Hewletts and friends.

OCSockOrphanage Tue 21-Feb-17 09:47:51

Like many, I have been listening to the Monday series of interviews with Eddie Mair and have been touched and moved to tears most weeks. Steve Hewlett was a superb broadcaster, and seems to have been an all around great bloke.

My sympathies are with his family and friends.

DoctorTwo Tue 21-Feb-17 10:59:16

Fantastic piece of journalism the whole way along.

Completely agree. The Monday interview on PM was appointment listening. Steve came across as a thoroughly decent, thoughtful, gentle man with not a single note of self pity. I loved him chuckling at or gently chiding Eddie for his jokes at his expense.

MrsArthurShappey Tue 21-Feb-17 11:44:03

So very sad, I've been so 'enjoying' his Monday updates. It was so striking listening to last night's interview montage how his voice changed as the cancer and his treatment progressed. A wonderful man - brave, honest, funny, warm and so intelligent. I did feel for Eddie.

BeMorePanda Tue 21-Feb-17 12:47:54

I heard most of the PM interviews and was very moved by them.

I can't help feeling, as so often seems to be the case, that it was the treatment that killed him (was it liver failure he died of?), as opposed to the cancer itself.

whataboutbob Tue 21-Feb-17 13:39:44

I first knew him as the presenter of the Media Show and he seemed to project a wordly wise kind of toughness- no doubt most appropriate when you are dealing with the media day in day out and used to extracting facts from those whose job it is to push a particular story.
He used those skills to great effect in researching his treatment options and dealing with the obfuscation doctors can dish out, and it is sad that despite all this he didn't get a good outcome

partystress Tue 21-Feb-17 22:25:04

Scarymonster you must have a different perspective. Hope your DH is being well cared for and has a better outcome.

goingmadinthecountry Tue 21-Feb-17 22:41:36

Shocking - lie many others on here, I listened to his fantastic Monday updates on my drive home. Also, like others, shocked how quickly this last stage has happened. His sons sounded great, but are still pretty young. So sad.

RaeofSun Wed 22-Feb-17 07:45:45

DoctorTwo I totally agree spot on.

How I was wished it was a different outcome.

DaisyBD Wed 22-Feb-17 10:16:05

Eddie Mair's sign-off to the final piece on Monday was utter genius - a long story, cut short.

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