He was best known for co-hosting the BBC upcycling series Money For Nothing. News of EJ’s death was confirmed by his wife Anne-Marie on his professional Instagram account.
She said that EJ died on Monday after spending the last three weeks of his life at the Dorothy House Hospice near Bath.
Sharing a series of pictures of him, Anne-Marie said that “an inexpressible loss envelopes us”.
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22.02.1975 – 21.09.2020 An inexpressible loss envelopes us, so for now some photos that show our infinite love. Good night my love. EJ spent the last three and a bit weeks of his life being cared for by the wonderful women at Dorothy House hospice. I was with him every day and was blown away by their compassion, resilience and kindness. I know he felt so cared for and safe and I will never forget Ella, Jemima, Gemma, Mandz, Clare, Trish, Irish Helen, Scottish Helen, Andrea and so many, many more for whom it was clear it was not just a job. Real life wonder women. Dorothy House is a charity so if any of you can, please donate to them. I really cannot imagine how we would have managed without them. Feel free to share your memories of EJ. Me and Orla and the swan would love to see any photos you all have of his many beautiful makes that have made their way out into the world too. #EJ Osborne #hatchetandbear @ej_osborne
Paying tribute to the hospice staff, she continued: “I was with him every day and was blown away by their compassion, resilience and kindness. I know he felt so cared for and safe.”
EJ’s former Money For Nothing co-host Sarah Moore was among those who shared tributes online.
Posting a photo of them together on Instagram, she called him “fantastic, inspiring, chuckling and talented”.
“I join with all of the team, our artisans, production crew, directors, executives, viewers and friends in sending our love and respect to his family,” she said.
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Update: Link in the biography above to donate to DOROTHY. HOUSE. HOSPICE. …………………….. All of the @monfornothing team were devastated to hear the news that the fantastic, inspiring, chuckling and talented member of our TV family @hatchetandbear has passed away. I join with all of the team, our artisans, production crew, directors, executives, viewers and friends in sending our love and respect to his family. He touched us deeply with his obvious lust for life, energy and commitment. He sent me this picture last year whilst holidaying. Anne-Marie, his wife, asks that we share our pictures so I’m posting this here as I think EJ looks so happy. Rest in peace and purple sequins my friend. See you on the other side. 🕺🏼💥💫🌈
“He touched us deeply with his obvious lust for life, energy and commitment.
“Rest in peace and purple sequins my friend. See you on the other side.”
Australian EJ was a woodworker who found fame as part of the team on the BBC series, which turns items other people have disposed of into desirable products.
As well as wife Anne-Marie, EJ is survived by young daughter Orla.