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Ireland 'I'm not afraid of dying,' broadcasting legend told D'Arcy as he fought cancer

07:55  05 november  2019
07:55  05 november  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Gay Byrne considered himself lucky despite being diagnosed with cancer late in life.

In one of his last interviews, before he died, the broadcaster said he was taking the diagnosis in his stride.

"If you spend the rest of your life worrying about having cancer, you're going to spend the rest of your life worrying about cancer," he told fellow RTÉ broadcaster Ray D'Arcy.

"You try to cope with it as best you can.

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Ray D'Arcy wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Interview: RTÉ broadcaster Ray D’Arcy spoke to Gay Byrne. Photo: Andres Poveda © Andres Poveda Photograqhy Interview: RTÉ broadcaster Ray D’Arcy spoke to Gay Byrne. Photo: Andres Poveda "You realise this is it, there is nothing you can do about it. You can simply cope with it or not, as the case may be and the better way to do it is to cope with it."

"And you've had 83 years free of any worries at all about your health - you're a bloody lucky fella," he added.

During the interview, which covered his 60-year broadcasting career, he revealed the chemotherapy treatment he was undergoing was difficult. But he wasn't complaining.

"I'm OK. I get around very well indeed. I do as much as I can. I'm certainly not strong."

Gallery: Legend of broadcasting Gay Byrne's career in pictures (Photo Services)

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' I ' m not afraid of dying ,' broadcasting legend told D ' Arcy as he fought cancer . Gay Byrne considered himself lucky despite being diagnosed with cancer The icon of Irish radio and television Gay Byrne, who has died at the age of 85, has been remembered as "eternally curious and fearless".

Sir Terry Wogan: tributes after legendary broadcaster dies - latest. D ’ Arcy spent Thursday with him “to say goodbye … He was quite ill at that stage, and I knew it wasn’t long,” he said. He told BBC Radio 2: “At the same time, I ’ m glad he went without a long and lingering illness.

Asked about his own mortality, he said: "Obviously I'm closer to the exit than the entry door and it's coming faster. And there's nothing I can do to avoid it.

"And this thing that I have will probably hasten it but if that's to be, that's to be. There's nothing I can do about it.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I've no fear of dying whatsoever but I don't want to die in agony and I don't want to lie in a bed with 15 tubes coming out of me for, you know, two years or something."

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