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Sports journalist Rebecca Wilson has passed away. Image: Daily Telegraph

In sad news this morning, award-winning sports journalist Rebecca Wilson has passed away after long a battle with breast cancer.

Rebecca was just 54 years old and is survived by her husband and two sons.

Her family released a statement saying she kept her illness secret and did not even tell many of those closest to her how sick she really was.

“Courage has always been a significant part of her DNA, no less in her desperate battle against her insidious disease,” the family said.

“Rebecca kept knowledge of her illness a closely guarded secret.

“The majority of her friends, colleagues and indeed members of her family were unaware of the extent of her illness.

“She did so to limit their suffering.”

They said Rebecca was a fearless sports journalist who made them proud.

“She brushed aside evil trolls, bullies and organised crime figures to prosecute her craft.”

“She proved that women had an equally important role in sports journalism as her male counterparts.”

Rebecca won awards for her work at the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph newspapers, and was also a regular panellist on SportsNight with James Bracey on Sky News.

She also worked with many of the industry’s top names, including Lisa Wilkinson who said she was think of Rebecca’s family in this difficult time.

“So sad to hear of passing of my former Beauty & The Beast partner in crime #RebeccaWilson. Thoughts so much with Harto & her treasured boys,” she wrote on Twitter.

Share your thoughts and condolences for Rebecca’s family below.

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  1. Terribly sad news, I would like to extend our dearest condolences to her family and friends.

  2. Deepest sympathy to her husband & sons. A great loss to the sports world. RIP

  3. Deepest sympathy to her family af this time

  4. Sorry to hear this news. Another brave woman lost to breast cancer. My thoughts with her family.

  5. Condolences to the family of Rebecca. Rip Rebecca.

  6. So sorry to hear of this terribly sad news. My heartfelt condolences to all the family

  7. So saddened by this news. Mecca was a very outspoken Journalist and well respected by her peers and the nation at large RIP RECCA WILSON. My heart goes out to her family.

  8. Quite simply one truly brave great Australian

  9. I watch you with your brother on early morning before I went to work I lost my hubby to that cancer so sorry for husband and kids Good luck in the future

  10. Commiserations to her family and close friends. A rare Australian who gave many pleasure reading her stories. Sadly missed.

  11. Deepest condolences to John Will Tom and Mary Lou It was my privilege to help when needed and to see this amazing woman with the beautiful smile through it all.
    Thoughts with you all xx
    Maggie

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