Steve Evans loses battle with stomach cancer

Father-of-two, Steve Evans, lost his battle with inoperable stomach cancer at the age of 52. He passed away in his sleep on 16 January.

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This is Meg. This is a message 2all. The man that is Dad had passed peacefully in his sleep. We thank you for all your support xxx

A former building surveyor, Steve gained over 25,000 supporters on Twitter, and worked as a magician and a compére of stand-up comedy at Wolverhampton Civic.

In a final interview with Richard Bacon on his Radio 5 Live show, Steve said:

This interview is going to be short… This is a very, very arduous time… My body is closing down.

Despite this, he remained, as Bacon put it, "extraordinarily positive". It was "this sense of joy" that saw him gain the support of BBC's Breakfast listeners, as well as thousands of others all around the world. Staff at the Civic even honoured him with a space on the wall of fame alongside Led Zeppelin drummer Jon Bonham, and Slade frontman Noddy Holder.

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So sad to hear that colleague and friend @steveevans51 has passed away. Thoughts are with his family and friends. http://t.co/bCODNpg4Dx

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During the interview, he spoke fondly of his friends and family; his wife, Septina and his best friend, John Price:

I’m lucky, very lucky, purely because of the existence of a woman called Septina. She’s the other half of me.

I have a friend by the side of me, John Price… He is my clearest friend, one of my oldest, dearest friends.

Since last April, Mr Bacon has regularly had Steve on his show, and the two have developed a friendship. Mr Bacon said: "I'm very proud to be your friend"

Steve had only believed he would make it to April 2013 but was overjoyed to have spent Christmas with his wife Septina and their daughters Megan, 25, and Lauren, 20, at home in Old Fallings Lane.

Christmas cards from Steve's "Twitter family" Credit: Twitter