"My big beautiful panda has gone." Robin Bailey's husband, Sean Pickwell, has died aged 56.

On Thursday morning, Sean Pickwell passed away at home surrounded by those who loved him.

He had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in 2017.

His wife, former Triple M breakfast presenter Robin Bailey, announced the news to her followers on Instagram.

“What can I say… my big beautiful panda has gone,” she wrote. “He died as he lived… his way… at home with us holding him… early this morning.

“In this moment there are no words or feelings that can truly express the love and gratitude I have for my husband Sean Pickwell. He came into our lives and healed us. He loved me so hard and taught me so much and now whatever life throws at us we will be stronger, wiser and more fierce because of him,” Robin continued.

“He was my absolute soul mate , the true love of my life and whatever I do from now on he will be in my heart and in my corner cheering me on.


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“Sean will be remembered at a memorial for family and friends in the coming weeks but if his journey touched you or you want to reach out for us I ask you to do two things.
Give blood. It’s life saving for so many people and it’s easy and pain free and can do so much for so many.

“Plus donate or support Karuna. This most amazing non-profit organisation gave us the support and means to grant his final wishes to die at home surrounded in love with the people.”

Robin had her final day on air last Friday, after telling The Courier Mail she was resigning to spend more time with her husband.

“We were told [Sean] had six months [left to live] 14 months ago, and that in itself is wonderful it wasn’t the case, but we spent a fair bit of time searching for or believing there was going to be some cures – medical or alternative – and we’re not saying that doesn’t work for some people but he has gotten to a critical point in his journey,” she told the publication.


“This last week was tough and I thought ‘nope, that was it’. I hope this is a miracle and he is here next year, but I need to spend time with my husband and not feel bad about the juggle.”

In an open letter published by The Sunday Mail titled ‘Why A Terminal Cancer Diagnosis Was The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me’, Sean spoke about the “truly wonderful” things to come out of “trauma and nastiness” of terminal cancer.

“Let’s not sugarcoat this though. This shit has a crappy ending. This toxic and venomous cancer is destroying my body but what has come from this journey is almost impossible to really describe. I hope my words can inspire you to take some action now, before it’s too late,” he wrote.


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So this is us today ! Front page of the Sunday Mail … like WOW. Neither Sean or I were expecting that . But this week it became clear that I needed to be home for the near future. The reason is Sean’s cancer but he wanted the announcement of his terminal diagnosis to be in his words so here we are . As for me ….I’ve been really cautious about taking about it publicly as it’s not my story to tell . But now you know that all the amazing things I’ve posted here with the wedding and the honeymoon and our trips have all been motivated by making memories for us all and living our best life NOW . Despite the terrible news it’s not over yet … not by a long shot and I still believe in miracles . #sundaymail #love #fuckcancer #livingthedream #thisendsinlove #triiplem #thebigbreakfast

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“Life can be so much better when you don’t have much of it left. One day of really living is worth years of serious unhappiness, which unfortunately is what most people go through.”

Sean also said although he never thought he’d be “the cancer guy”, his diagnosis gave people the opportunity to be kind and do kind things and changed his relationships with his children and wife.

“My intensity of love for Robin has deepened and grown exponentially. Not only are we desperately in love with each other, but no-one has ever loved me as hard, passionately and with such a ferocity that is incredible to experience.”

“She will not lie down and let this cancer win, even if that’s how I’ve felt some days. ‘This is true love,’ she says, and ‘love wins every time.'”