TESSA Jowell's family have paid heart-breaking tributes to the late politician after she died from brain cancer aged 70 over the weekend.
David and Jessie Mills told how Dame Tessa died in their arms, surrounded by loved ones, after suffering a fresh brain haemorrhage just 36 hours before.
AFP Tessa Jowell with husband David Mills as she poses for a picture with her Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) insignia in 2013
The ex-cabinet minister had been battling with brain cancer since she was diagnosed last year, and had dedicated her final months to fighting for better treatment for fellow sufferers.
Theresa May vowed to set up a research fund in her name after she lost her year-long fight with the disease.
Today her family spoke out to remember their brave, loving mum and wife after she slipped into a coma and passed away.
Twitter Tessa Jowell with her husband David Mills, son Matthew, daughter in law Ella and grand daughter
Jessie Mills told BBC Radio 4 this morning: "It's the greatest honour of my life to be her daughter.
"The way she was until her last moments was just so courageous.
"We didn’t let her go for the whole of the last couple of days that she was very, very ill.
"We literally laid next to her, kissing her, holding her, touching her, telling her how much we loved her, that it was the honour of our lives to be her family.
"It was the most peaceful time, and she was just, honestly, until the last moment she was just, the magnificent person, mother that we all know and adore."
One of the nurses who was there with them said it was the most beautiful death she'd ever seen, Jessie added.
Earlier this year she received a standing ovation in the Lords for speaking up about her illness PA:Press Association Dame Tessa died aged 70, her family said over the weekend
And husband David said it was a "massive release for her" and the family were so proud of all she had done.
"She had an extraordinary, successful career in politics, and then somehow after this dreadful disease struck she added an extra 25% to it," he said.
"It will give people hope that they wouldn't have had."
He also revealed that Dame Tessa was in the middle of getting a special vaccine created from the DNA of her tumour, but that "the end came" before it was completeed.
And she was so ill in the last few months of her life that no treatments could be given.
Dame Tessa, who had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour in May last year, passed away on Saturday night 70 – having campaigned for the need of more experimental treatments to be available for cancer sufferers in the last months of her life.
Her family were delighted to hear that more money would be ploughed into brain cancer research and to roll out advanced testing across more hospitals.
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