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Suchet's wife loses dementia battle

The wife of f ormer television newsreader John Suchet has died following a decade-long battle with dementia.

Bonnie, 73, died on April 15, a death notice in the Daily Telegraph confirmed.

It read: " Bonnie died peacefully on 15th April 2015 aged 73. Adored wife of John, devoted mother of Alec and Hereward, mother-in-law of Peta-Jane, grandmother of Finn and Alexa."

Her husband, a former ITN stalwart, thanked people on Twitter who offered their condolences.

Suchet, 71, has previously said his wife was "taken" by Alzheimer's disease.

In an interview in 2009, he said: "The Bonnie I loved has actually gone. It's as if she has died. Dementia has taken her."

Suchet, who now presents a show on Classic FM, has written a book about dementia and is honorary president of the charity DementiaUK.

Tim Parry, head of communications at Alzheimer's Research UK, said: " Everyone at Alzheimer's Research UK is deeply saddened by the news that Bonnie Suchet has lost her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

"Our deepest sympathy goes to John and his family following their tragic loss.

"Over the years John has spoken very openly about his wife's battle with dementia, helping to raise vital public awareness of Alzheimer's disease.

"We rely on people like John to share their experiences to help break down the stigma of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia and ensure it becomes a national priority."

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