Shock and sadness for fans as TV and radio star dies

Australian TV and radio star Jonathan ‘Jono’ Coleman has died at the age of 65.

Coleman, who is survived by his wife Margot and two children, died after a five-year battle with prostate cancer.

His career began in Australia in 1979, reporting for TV children’s show Simon Townsend’s Wonder World.

After moving to the UK, Coleman joined the Virgin Radio presenting team as one half of Russ ‘n’ Jono with partner Russell Williams.

He was sacked from Virgin by his former rival, and new boss, Chris Evans in 2011 on a return visit to Australia visiting his mother Sylvia who was ill.

Russ ‘n’ Jono had been Evans’ main breakfast rival while he was at Radio 1.