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Ivan Noble: Your tributes
Ivan Noble
Ivan Noble, BBC News science and technology writer, has died aged 37 in a London hospice.

For over two years, Ivan kept an online diary describing his battle with cancer for the BBC News Website's readers.

Thousands of people e-mailed the website to share their experiences and thoughts with him.

He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

You sent us your thoughts on Ivan Noble.

A collection of Ivan's diaries is to be published later this year by Hodder. The BBC agreed with Ivan that any proceeds it might make would go to a charity of his choice.

If you would like to make a donation, Ivan's family have requested that it be made to Marie Curie Cancer Care.


Your tributes:

I feel as if I have lost a dear friend
Pete Hazell, London, England
I never had the honour of meeting Ivan, but, like everyone else here, after reading the column I feel as if I have lost a dear friend. I only hope that if I am ever confronted with the same problem I can face it with the same grit and determination as he did. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues - you can all be proud to have known him.
Pete Hazell, London, England

I was saddened to hear of Ivan's death and send my condolences to his wife, family and friends. I've followed his column since almost the beginning and cried for joy and for sorrow many times. I always looked forward to the next instalment, regardless of the news because of the courage and bravery Ivan showed in allowing us all to become part of his wider family. Thank you, may you rest in peace.
Alison, Colchester, UK

Noble by name, Noble by nature, I have read Ivan's messages from the start, what an amazing human being.......RIP Ivan.
Jo, Perth Australia

My thoughts and prayers go out to Ivan's family. It is possible for one person to change people's views and make a difference. Ivan will have touched many peoples lives, as he did mine.
Maggie Doust, Luton, Sundon Park

I am deeply saddened to hear of Ivan's passing. His courage and strength was unending on the journey. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Arlette, Kingston, Jamaica

Ivan's courage in the face of this monster is amazing. My son is also fighting a GBM, undergoing some of the same treatments. We need a cure, we need it now. Too many young, vital people are leaving us.
Mary Ann, Godrey, IL, USA

How many people could conquer their fear and open their hearts to the world during such difficult times? How many people could look at the future and believe it was possible, when much pointed to the contrary? With his tremendous courage he extended his family worldwide, giving hope to thousands of new 'relatives' with his thoughts of hope. Compassion, courage and bravery are words often used singularly to describe a person - very few deserve to be described by all three. Ivan is one of those few.
Kevin Breidenbach, Chicago, USA

We all have the possibility to make a difference to the world, but few of us actually do. Ivan was one of those few.
Colin Walls, Cirencester, UK

Courage is fear conquered - Ivan was a great example of courage and brought hope to many around the world. Heartfelt sympathy to his family.
Mags, Glasgow, Scotland

As someone that is living with cancer I was drawn to Ivan's column. I knew where he was coming from in his diary and it has helped me deal with the day to day issues that affect someone that has just been told "you have cancer". I too have a very young son and daughter that are there to help me through the hard patches. Ivan you have given me more inspiration to seize each day "because I can". My heart goes out to your brave wife and family, you are an inspiration to many.
Greig, Scotland

I came upon Ivan's column last year doing some research into cancer and have revisited it many times since and found it truly amazing and uplifting. My deepest condolences to all Ivan's friends and family. I have a young son and I only hope that my son will be as proud of me as I am sure Ivan's children will be of him in time when they realise what he has done for so many people.
Neil Cresswell, London

One can never be ready to lose a friend - Ivan throughout the last two years found a way into our hearts and souls and had become just that, a friend. My thoughts are with the Noble family, I can't think of a more apt last name for you all. Thank you for letting us share such a dynamic and wonderful human being, thank you for touching us so deeply.
Bern Webb, USA

I never met you but I feel I've lost a very dear friend
Phil, Liverpool, UK
Ivan, I never met you but I feel I've lost a very dear friend. I will always remember your words, through which, you have become immortal. May peace be granted to you, your family and friends.
Phil, Liverpool, UK

My deepest condolences to Ivan's family. I have read Ivan's diary since it began, and have prayed for him at each step of the way. His children should be very proud of their father. Thank you to Ivan and to his family.
Clara, Peterborough, UK

I am very sorry to hear that Ivan has died. If there was ever someone who deserved a miracle, it was this man who showed so much bravery in the face of adversity. I send my condolences to his family. Ivan lives in our memories.
Sofia, Lisbon, Portugal

I started reading Ivan's column when it first began and have followed it religiously ever since. I kept hoping that somehow he would beat it - through experimental treatment or whatever. I lost my father to cancer and I have had a low grade malignant tumour in my bladder myself. We need to conquer this. I am so desperately sad for Ivan's family and for Ivan. They are all in my prayers.
C.Turner, Sydney, Australia.

I sit here, tears rolling down my face so sad by the news. I started following Ivan during my gap year and was so inspired by his strength and courage. I'm now at uni, moving on with my life and always returned to see how he was doing. My thoughts are with his wife and children who have lost someone so special.
Ben, Newcastle UK

Ivan waged his battle against his illness in a unique way, taking us all along with him on his journey. His courage is a badge his family can proudly wear and will be consolation in the future. The thoughts and prayers of those that Ivan's words have touched will be there to comfort and see them through this sad time.
Valerie Sullivan, Runcorn, UK

Goodbye. Over the last few years of reading your struggle you have become a well known friend. I will miss looking forward to your brave and uplifting words. My thoughts are with your wife children and friends at this time.
Marie Dobson, Uk

I feel that I have lost a personal friend even though I did not know him personally. He is without doubt, the bravest person I have ever known. My deepest condolences to his family.
David Knox, Bradford, UK

His words were always inspirational
Ola Uduku, Edinburgh UK
Having survived a meningioma, I found myself instantly pulled to Ivan's diary and felt very much for him, his words were always inspirational and moving. My thoughts go to his family - he was truly special.
Ola Uduku, Edinburgh UK

There is nothing more certain in life for humanity than the fact that we will die someday. Living within a finite time frame must be one of the hardest tests of all; one which Ivan has faced with the utmost courage and strength. He is and will remain an inspiration to me and to us all. May peace be with you Ivan.
Chris, UK

My heart goes out to Ivan's family and friends after having lost such an inspirational friend, husband, son and father. I hope that good can come from such loss; not just for Ivan's loved ones, but also for others who can learn from the courage and compassion conveyed through Ivan's power of writing.
Emma, Cambridge, UK

I feel like I have lost a special friend but what a tribute to a very special man. All I have done all day is keep reading the tributes that people from all over the world have written about Ivan. I wonder if he realized when he started his column how many people he would affect. He leaves his wife and children a wonderful legacy. Just a shame that he had so little time with them. I hope he knew what an impact he had on so many people. I am making a donation to cancer research in his memory. I hope all our comments bring some small amount of comfort to his wife and family.
Irene Frost, Whitby, Ontario, Canada

I found out last week that I didn't get a job that I had really, really wanted. I was very disappointed. Then I read of Ivan's death and it put things into perspective for me. I was so sad. I had been hoping against hope for a miracle for him. I haven't actually lost anything and at the end of the day, it was only a job. I'm blessed beyond belief to have the people round me that I do and to be loved as much as I am. Ivan's story makes me appreciate these things all the more. My heart goes out to Ivan's family. My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time. You can be so proud of him. His courage will always be with us all.
Ruth, Glasgow

I was so sad to hear about Ivan's passing. He really touched me! I have been living with brain cancer for 7 years. Blessings and love to him.
Greg Johnson, Denver, CO USA

When a young person dies we all struggle to understand why it happened. Cancer is so unfair in its vicious attack on some. Where some may have turned tail and ran, you, Ivan, stood strong. Good on you, mate. Your words, especially your last plea to smokers to quit will be your legacy. Fly free now of the pain and the sorrow and smile down on your children. God rest your soul.
Deb Johnson, Ottawa, Canada

Ivan's diary has inspired me to get the best out of life at all times
B McAllister, Wirral, UK
I was shocked and saddened to hear of this news. Ivan's diary has inspired me to get the best out of life at all times. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in peace Ivan.
B McAllister, Wirral, UK

Ivan has been amazing over these past two years. Truly an inspiration to all of us that he touched with his writing. It has always helped me to put my own life into perspective. I'm a medical student and reading Ivan's personal account of the challenges of living with cancer has really helped me to understand the true impact of such a devastating disease, and I hope it will make me a better doctor in the future. My thoughts and prayers are with Ivan's family at this difficult time. He was a great man, using his own personal plight to help others. Thank you Ivan for all you have given us over the last two years, probably much more than you ever realised, you will not be forgotten.
Shweta, London, UK

My thoughts go out to Ivan's family and friends. Such a brave man, he touched my heart with his fight. He helped me understand. Rest at peace.
Christine, Swindon, England

I have read the diaries since they first came on line and I'm shocked by Ivan's death. I felt that his courage and determination would see him through. I want to say that he helped not only cancer patients but also people with other serious illnesses where they were in difficulty coming to terms with their illness. I will miss his diaries immensely and wish his family and friends my most dearest wishes at this sad time. He was one of the bravest people I have ever encountered.
Nicki, Granada, Spain

Tonight there is another star in the heavens. Rest in peace dear friend. You touched the hearts of so many,
John, Crawley England

Farewell Ivan, may you rest in peace. You have made such a special contribution to this world and you will live forever in the hearts and minds of the people you have touched.
Bianca, Sydney, Australia

Ivan, you've enriched the world by your brief life. Earth's loss is Heaven's gain! Rest in Peace!
Mohamed Iqbal, Jeddah, Saudi arabia

Ivan, though we never met, you will be thought of and remembered by so many who you inspired, myself included. You fought with courage. My thoughts are with your wife, children and family.
Lorraine, Melbourne, Australia

What a precious gift you bestowed upon so many
Jane Macrae, TX. USA
Good Bye my friend. To your wife, children, extended family and friends I send my deepest sympathy. As I journeyed down the cancer road, far from home and far from loved ones, your diaries sustained me and gave me strength. Your courage, love, endurance and experience has touched so many people across the world and united we grieve your passing. What a precious gift you bestowed upon so many. May you be at peace in the light.
Jane Macrae, TX. USA

Thank you, Ivan, for teaching us all not to be afraid.
Steve R, Saint Paul, USA

Ivan's diary entries will stay with me forever. Should I ever be unfortunate enough to face the same journey as him and his family, I shall use him as my inspiration to face what I have to and to fight as he did. May God bless and keep you safe you Ivan.
Helen, Barnsley, UK

This is truly a sad day. Ivan's bravery, humour and compassion through his suffering is an inspiration to us all. My thoughts go out to his wife and young family. He will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace
Mark, Wallasey, England

Ivan's diary has moved and inspired me. He was clearly a very brave and thoughtful man. Please pass my thoughts on to his wife and children. I am the lesser for never having met him and we are all the lesser from his departure.
John Davies, Thrapston, UK

My thoughts and prayers are with Ivan family and friends, I am truly touched by this and if we can learn any thing from it it should be to make the most of each day and cherish your life.
Emma , Bristol England

We'll all miss his candour and humanity
Royd Whittington, Cheshire, UK
As I read the names of those who have written their thoughts, I see new names, and recognise old names I have seen before over the years of reading Ivan's diary. We'll all miss his candour and humanity. Thanks Ivan. His children had a father to be proud of. God Bless.
Royd Whittington, Cheshire, UK

Good by Ivan. May God keep you very near him. I'll always remember you. Sympathies to your family and many friends.
Mrs Nati Rivera, San Juan Puerto Rico

I was deeply saddened to learn of Ivan' death. I have been reading his column since it first came out and I always looked forward to his next diary. This world has lost someone very special and he will be deeply missed. Thank you Ivan for all what you have done for those who are afflicted with cancer and for the many more who were not, we all learned a great deal from your experiences. I also would like to send my condolences to Ivan's wife and children. His words always reflected your love and support that seemed to help him tremendously.
Jim Davis, Grass Valley, California, USA

I've read Ivan's diary since the very beginning - eagerly awaiting each new bit of news. I felt the highs and lows and appreciated the humour and courage shown in each entry. I'm lost for words to describe the impact Ivan had on my life - on helping me cope with my brother who had cancer at the same time as Ivan. Even after Ivan's cancer returned I still thought he would win again, but as he said "I have not been defeated". I've been dreading this news and the sense of sadness is overwhelming. I can't begin to comprehend how Ivan's family and friends will be feeling right now - our love and prayers will stay with you in the coming months.
Ruth, Cardiff, UK

I was devastated to hear of Ivan's untimely death. After reading his final diary entry I still held the faint hope that a miracle would happen. Farewell Ivan, you were an inspiration to us all. May your wife and children take some comfort from the outpouring of love sent to you from all over the world.
Lynne, Skelmersdale UK

Ivan led a truly extraordinary and inspiring life. There aren't many people in this world that have touched the hearts of so many people. I admire him for his courage, his honesty in his communication and his desire for reaching out, without thinking or realising what a positive impact he has had in people's life. I do not grieve for Ivan's death, I celebrate his extraordinary life. I feel terribly upset for his family and hope that they will find peace in knowing what an amazing person he was. His physical body has died but his spirit will live on forever. Thank you Ivan.
P Nelson, London

Each day, I got on line and always read Science/Nature column. Then Ivan's tumour diary. Ivan had courage, determination and passion to fight. There is still more to learn from him. Even now, as he's gone, his intricate ways of fighting are the best lessons left behind. He never wasted a moment to feel sorry for himself. Ivan the Great. You're the greatest.
Anna, Canada

I've been following Ivan's thoughts and feelings in his diary since the offset. I lost my father to bowel cancer, which ultimately led to a brain tumour, in August 2003 and there still isn't a day goes by when I don't think about him. Today I find myself looking back at those dark days soon after my father's death again, and my thoughts and prayers go out to Ivan's family and friends. Rest in peace Mr Noble.
Iain Marley, Middlesbrough, Teesside

You did win Ivan, the hearts of your friends and your supporters world wide
Ann, Maryland USA
Farewell Brave Knight! I hoped and prayed that you would win your battle. You did win Ivan, the hearts of your friends and your supporters world wide. You taught us all how to face life with grace and strength. God Bless and sweet journey.
Ann, Maryland USA

I have been reading your diary for over a year and I'm so sad. Your column was both an inspiration and an education, and anyone who reads the comments posted here will see how many lives you have touched. Your wife and children can be immensely proud of you and everything you have achieved. Thank you Ivan, it has been a privilege to follow your story.
Sian, London, UK

My heart goes out to Ivan's family. From reading his columns from the very start it soon became clear how dignified, caring and brave Ivan was. Ivan's passing has moved me today to write for the first time. Ivan's family and friends must feel proud to have lived and loved this giant of a man.
Paul Fergusson, Leek, UK

I am so very saddened by Ivan's death. He was so very young, and so very brave. My condolences to his wife and children, and his parents, brother, and friends. He accomplished a great deal in his short time; he has left an honourable legacy for his children. Rest in peace, Ivan. You DID win.
Barbara Burg, USA

A very sad day. My thoughts are with Ivan's family at this time, they have the memories of a great man.
Dale, Newcastle, UK

An incredible guy - I have been reading his column for more than a year, and will miss the humour and humility that he viewed the world with.
Steve Amos, London, UK

So many will miss Ivan Noble. His grace and courage comforted and inspired people throughout the world. Many thanks to Mrs. Noble for sharing Ivan with us. My sincerest condolences to his wife and family.
Chris Knight, California, USA

As a frequent reader of Ivan's column I am desperately sad to hear of his passing. The World is a lot poorer without his presence.
Simon Ladd, Enfield, United Kingdom

My own father died at 40 from cancer and now I have some understanding of the difficulties and pain
Paul Askew, Leeds, England
I was shocked to read the final entry a few days ago and even more unnerved by Ivan's death - the diary was an inspiration and gave an insight into a life lived to full intensity in the face of terminal illness, my own father died at 40 from cancer and now I have some understanding of the difficulties and pain - regards to Ivan's family
Paul Askew, Leeds, England

I feel terribly sad at the news of Ivan's death. My thoughts and sympathy are with his family, and to all the readers of Ivan's diary, who were incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful and courageous person touch their lives.
Sally Armstrong, East Killbride, Glasgow.

As a reader of the diary, I watched the video footage today for the first time, and was again moved by the tremendous courage shown by Ivan. I hope that I would be able to show as much courage if or when I have to face an uncertain future. His wife, daughter and particularly his son should be immensely proud and live life to the full in the future.
Lawson Bant, Birmingham, UK

May they always know what a wonderful father they have
M Moon, Blackpool
I've been following Ivan's diaries for the last 18 months. His courage has never ceased to amaze me. I wish to send my sympathy to his wife and his two young children and may they always know what a wonderful father they have.
M Moon, Blackpool

I am so saddened to read that Ivan has passed away. I have been reading his diary right from the start. My husband had a brain tumour and passed away nearly four years ago. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife children and family.
Noeline, Palmerston, North New Zealand

Ivan was diagnosed at almost the same time we learned my mother has leukaemia. His columns were witty and brave reminders of how precious life is, and how precious our loved ones are. I never knew him except through his writing, but am deeply saddened to hear of his passing.
mark, lexington, KY, USA

You conquered your fears and ours too
Monica, Buenos Aires, Argentina
I read Ivan's diary from the very beginning and I could never stop doing so. He was a noble, sensitive, sensible man, humble and bright. He was a real warrior. He had that special way of communicating to one's heart, so rare to find. His last diary sent an alarm. His death plunged me into a lot of crying. But, Ivan, you've defeated it. I can assure you're immortal now; you'll for ever be in the hearts and thoughts of those of us who were blessed to know about you. I think of you and your strength constantly, and you made it, my dear friend, it couldn't defeat your strong soul, you conquered your fears and ours too. Thank you to you and your brave family. You were gifted, you are eternal. Thanks my friend, now you'll be alive for ever in all our hearts.
Monica, Buenos Aires, Argentina

I live in a small island community and this evening a woman I had never met before, came to me in tears, and said that the BBC man with the tumour diary had died. All she knew was that I am British. She didn't know that last year I had cancer and presently my mother is undergoing chemo for a particularly nasty strain. I feel very sad, particularly for those who now grieve him.
Rosalyn Palmer, Governors Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas

Always hoped to hear the best news but it was not to be. His beloved family should always recall the positive impact he had on people all around the world. My condolences on their immense loss.
Marie, USA

I think it was suspected with his entry last week, but not entirely accepted
Anon, UK
Having read Ivan's writings for the past two years, it is a shock how suddenly he is gone. I think it was suspected with his entry last week, but not entirely accepted. Hoping the BBC has one or two snippets from Ivan you are holding back so we can get some real closure. What a shame.
Anon, UK

I have no knowledge of Ivan at all. Until I read your column, I had never heard his name. However, for any person to die at such an early age under such tragic circumstances really does make one sad. I feel for his family and wish them well in their cicumstances.
Peter Dewsnap, USA

Words cannot describe how I feel at this terrible news. I have been so upset by Ivan's death and yet I never even knew him. His diary has touched so many people and he will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathies go to his wife and children. Rest in Peace my friend.
Susan Hutton, Scotland

I came across Ivan's diary late last year. The bravery, strength and openness he showed in fighting this disease are inspirational and really touched me. It made me realise what is important in life. My thoughts are with his family at this time. Ivan you really did make a difference. May you rest in peace.
Shiona Ramage, Hong Kong

In his diaries I was able to understand what my late sister went through in her battle with the same illness
Shamiso Dakwa, Harare

I had been following Ivan's diaries for a very long time - and it was such a shock to learn about his passing away. In his diaries I was able to understand what my late sister went through in her battle with the same illness. Ivan you were a courageous man and may God grant you eternal rest in peace. To Ivan's wife and family may you take comfort in the knowledge that Ivan's death was not in vain. God bless you.
Shamiso Dakwa, Harare, Zimbabwe

So sad to hear of Ivan's passing. He gave so much to so many. His courage and openness will always be remembered. My condolences to his wife, children and family. You are in my prayers.
Cynthia, UK

My husband has been ill with brain tumours for 10 years and at the minimum has three brain tumours and one in his spine so I understand what you and your family have gone through its tough at times.
Tracy Hallas, Leeds

Ivan, your diaries help everybody, not only those touched by cancer, thank you for giving us a crystal clear perspective on what really matters in life.
Jeremy Pethick, Lier, Norway

I read Ivan's diary from the beginning of his fight and was always very moved by his great courage, dignity and strength. I am very sad that he was unable to see his little ones grow even just a little bit more. My condolences to his wife, family and friends.
Carol, Aberdeen, Scotland

Even if at the moment your problems are of a different nature, reading this diary, makes you realize that fighting back, being positive and looking into the really important matters, is the only way to move forward in life. Thoughts of love to his great family..
Joanna, Greece

Thank you Ivan, you changed my whole perspective on life
Cat, Exeter, UK

Ivan was such an incredible man. Reading his columns always cheered me up and assured me that whatever petty drama was going on in my life was nothing compared to what he was going through. Thank you Ivan, you changed my whole perspective on life.
Cat, Exeter, UK

Ivan's diary was the internet at its best.
Simon Ruffle, Cambridge, UK

After loosing friends and family to cancer over the years, I prayed you would be spared. Through your words you were an inspiration and will always be. I keep your picture close to remind myself why I am trying to stop smoking. Your diaries should be circulated to all schools, GPs, hospitals and clinics dealing with smoking related illnesses. Rest in peace Ivan, my thoughts are with your family at this difficult time. You will be missed, you made a difference and you won't be forgotten.
Lynne, Plymouth, UK

I will give up smoking - Ivan's untimely death has given me that final spur I needed.
Richard, Manchester, UK

I lost my 24-year-old brother to a brain tumour a few weeks after Ivan stated writing his column, so I couldn't always bring myself to read his updates. However, when strong enough to open them, I was always pleased to hear how brave and positive Ivan remained to the end. My thoughts go out to Ivan's family.
Rich, London

I was emotionally very upset to read about Ivan's death. This is rarely a happy ending story. I am one year younger than Ivan and also have two children. I am humbled by his courage and maturity. Unfortunately, we won't be reading from him any more. I hereby extend my heartfelt condolences to his family.
Steven Matthys, Waregem, Belgium

Went home last night and told my son and daughter about you - they sat in silence whilst I had a good weep - then we lit and candle for you Ivan. Rest in peace you have fought enough.
Gill

I feel blessed that he has left a footprint on my heart
Emma, Stockport, UK

I too have read Ivan's diary since he began and I am humbled by his grace and foresight to think of others. I recommended his diary to a friend diagnosed with bowel cancer and to friends whose family have been affected by the disease. I now work for a charity that is fighting to combat the effects of smoking and Ivan's desire to make just one person give up smoking will drive me on in the small part I can play in carrying on Ivan's wish, as a tribute to him. I would like to convey my deepest sympathies to his wife, children, family and friends. Your loved one shared himself and his fight with thousands of strangers and I feel blessed that he has left a footprint on my heart.
Emma, Stockport, UK

Thank you Ivan, for making me realise that tomorrow is never promised to us, and to make the most of today.
John Sherwood, Birmingham, UK

I hope his diaries will raise more awareness and mainly more money for research
Tiziana, London, UK
Ivan has given me like lots of other people with a close relative dying of cancer, the strength to look forward. I read his diaries over the last two years and I've admired his courage at a time in which I was lacking strength. I hope his diaries will raise more awareness and mainly more money for research.
Tiziana, London, UK

I had to read his journals in intervals because I started crying if I read them for too long. I will never smoke again. He speaks for so many and had such tremendous courage to face his own death. I admire him.
Bernice Halsband, Toronto, Canada

I found Ivan's diaries truly touching and inspiring. We all slave away worrying about meeting the next deadline - but here is a true battle bravely fought by a unique and talented individual. My thoughts and sympathies are with Ivan's family, especially his wife and two young children.
Angela Hutchinson, Manchester, England

Ivan you were truly an inspiration, having read and been deeply touched by your diaries, you have made me a better person, I think it is human nature to maybe take things, especially your family for granted, you made me realise how we should treasure every moment we have with them. Thank you - you will not be forgotten.
John, Chelmsford

Ivan really made a difference
Pauline, Wales
I feel like I have lost a friend. My deepest sympathy to Ivan's wife, children, family and friends. I know that in time they will be able to get some comfort and enormous pride from all of the tributes. Ivan really made a difference, the world is a better place for having him here.
Pauline, Wales

I was an avid reader of Ivan's diaries. They were inspiring. For the first time in my life I have felt genuine sadness at the loss of someone I have never met. His bravery and focus throughout his fight have been of immeasurable proportions. I'm sure he has helped people in similar circumstances so much. People with such courage and dignity are very rare indeed. His family can be very, very proud and my thoughts go out to them.
Mark Porteous, Ludlow, England

I am so very saddened at the news of Ivan's passing. I wish to send on my deepest sympathies to his family and pray that they are comforted at this difficult time. To Ivan I say 'Thank You' for allowing us all to follow a small part of your journey over the last few years, it has touched me greatly. Your strength and determination was indeed a gift. May you rest in peace.
Alice, UK

Such sad news. My condolences to Ivan's wife, daughter and son and also his parents and brother. I followed Ivan's diary from the start and would regularly check the BBC news site for updates, always slightly fearful of finding bad news. I didn't know Ivan but through his writings came to care about his well being. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May you know peace and comfort in the days to come.
Angie, Reigate, England

I have been reading Ivan's diary from the start and I thank him for helping me enormously in coming to terms with my brain tumour. My thoughts are for his family who should remember him with pride. He was a big man. I didn't know him but I wish I had.
Richard Stevens, Elham, England,

I looked forward to reading his column and his strength and optimism was humbling.
Fiona, Edinburgh, Scotland

My tribute to Ivan Noble will be a promise to myself to start a diary online
Rafael Ferreira, Viseu, Portugal
I heard about Ivan Noble not much time ago in a Portuguese newspaper. His "story" touched me very deeply in many ways. I am also a journalist and I have recently found out that I am HIV positive. My tribute to Ivan Noble will be a promise to myself to start a diary online. It will be a document inspired by Ivan Noble's attitude towards life and his example for other people.
Rafael Ferreira, Viseu, Portugal

Ivan, than you for reminding us that we only get one life and we need to enjoy it and fight every day no matter what we are going through. To your family, my sincere condolences.
Maritza, Panama

Goodbye Ivan, I will miss your online diary accounts but assure you that I will buy and treasure a copy of your published work when it's published.
Gail, Hampshire, UK

I read about Ivan's diaries in the newspaper this morning and reading them here has touched my heart. He really was a brave person who truly fought with great courage.
Jenny, Bucks, UK

Dear Ivan, they say that eyes are the window to the soul and from looking at your picture your soul is pure and your journey in life has just begun. Thank you for sharing your brief but important existence with us!
Louise Riley, London, England

May you find peace and solace within your hearts
A Sagoo, London, UK
My sincere condolences to the loved ones left behind. May you find peace and solace within your hearts and may Ivan's sense of spirit and courage live forever more in all of us. His words touched all of us, it touched me and for that I will forever be grateful. Peace and strength to all.
A Sagoo, London, UK

I have been reading Ivan's diary for some time now, wishing with every fibre of my being that he would will this battle. I was continually amazed by his bravery and strength and humbled by his zest for life and determination throughout, even in the darkest of moments. My heart goes out to Ivan's wife and children; I send them my love and keep them in my thoughts. Ivan was so special, he will not be forgotten.
Yetta Sutherland, Cary, IL USA

I was so sad to hear Ivan had died. My condolences to his wife, children, parents and brother. You were an inspiration to so many people Ivan. I know your family must be very, very proud of you. Rest in peace.
Liz, USA

Such sad news - What a brave man to have shared and given so much at such a difficult time in his life. An inspirational journalist who took us all on a remarkable journey. God Bless.
Mary, London

The readers of Ivan's diary loose a friend
Amanda, Espoo, Finland
The world lost a good man and readers of Ivan's diary loose a friend. His courage is an example for all of us, even in our daily life. He has taught us hope. My heart goes out with his family.
Aurore, Brussels, Belgium

Goodbye Ivan and thank you.
Amanda, Espoo, Finland

When I first read of Ivan's death from the brain tumour I was deeply saddened as I feel I have lost a good friend, and one who has died far too young. My deepest sympathies go to his wife, and family for their loss. I was always hoping that he would have some good news, but it was not to be. RIP Ivan.
Sage, Bedfordshire

What an incredible man. He was and still is an inspiration to all that read his diary. My deepest sympathy goes to his wife and his children especially his little girl who must be totally bewildered by the loss of her daddy. When any of you, his readers, feel down and miserable just think of Ivan and you will see how trivial your problems are compared to the ones he had.
Mick Ames, Malvern, England

What an incredible man. He was and still is an inspiration to all that read his diary. My deepest sympathy goes to his wife and his children especially his little girl who must be totally bewildered by the loss of her daddy. When any of you, his readers, feel down and miserable just think of Ivan and you will see how trivial your problems are compared to the ones he had.
Mick Ames,

Thank you Ivan for giving me courage and hope when by boyfriend was diagnosed with a form of cancer last year
Rachael, Birmingham
My thoughts are with Ivan's family at this terrible time. Thank you Ivan for giving me courage and hope when by boyfriend was diagnosed with a form of cancer last year. You helped me to fight some of the fears I had about the cancer and helped me believe there was light at the end of the tunnel. I hope your efforts aid the further research which needs to be made into cancer cures.
Rachael, Birmingham






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