In June of 2007, Irwin was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, a rare type of terminal cancer. Since then, he has been actively involved as an inspirational speaker on how he has used humour as a vital coping mechanism in his personal fight against cancer. He has been a headline performer at numerous cancer fundraisers, as well as a keynote speaker for conferences dealing with cancer and palliative care.
Irwin's first year of cancer treatment was the subject of a CTV documentary entitled "That's My Time." The documentary won for Best Canadian Documentary at the 2008 Atlantic Film Festival and was nationally televised in September, 2008.
Reactions to Irwin's presentations on Comedy and Cancer have been overwhelmingly positive, seeing it as "a perfect combination of humour and reflection." In Irwin's own words: "Cancer has my body but not my spirit, and I'll continue to make jokes, not so much about cancer, but in spite of it."
Sadly Irwin passed away June 21, 2010 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto Ontario. He was a comedic legend, universally respected by his peers and his strength and courage during his fight against cancer were truly inspirational to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed and forever loved.
Repeat ShowingSaturday, June 26, 2010 on CTV at 7:00pm EST
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