Jenny Ryan: The Chase star addresses tragic loss due to coronavirus with moving post

The Chase star Jenny Ryan, 38, paid tribute to her “quiz brethren” Jon Jacob, who tragically died following the coronavirus outbreak. The Vixen star thanked the “amazing NHS staff and carers” for their work but warned people to stay home to stop the spread.

In view of her 28,000 followers, Jenny posted a snap of a badge which read: “If you can read this you are too close,” in light of the Government guidelines to stand two metres apart from other people.

She captioned the post: “When I got this badge for Christmas, it was funny. Now it’s necessary.

“Last night I lost one of my quiz brethren to the virus. It hammers home the message. Stay home, stay clean, stay safe.”

She continued: “Be kind to all those who are still heading out to help – not just the amazing NHS staff and carers, but all the workers in grocery shops and pharmacies, including logistics, warehouses and deliveries, postal workers, those keeping our utilities going, the teachers still providing care and learning, the volunteers staffing food banks and arranging deliveries to the most vulnerable, of course the police and fire service…and lots more.


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“They’re out there taking the burden so the rest of us can do our bit (by staying in and doing jigsaws or watching box sets) so they deserve gratitude and kindness.”

Fans inundated the quizmaster with messages of condolence, following the loss of her friend.

One person commented: “So sorry for your loss, stay safe.”

Another person remarked: “So sorry for your sad loss, it does hammer home the importance of being safe and staying at home…please stay at home, as a serving firefighter, I can only hope that people reading this will pass the message on! #staysafeandstayathome.”


While a third person added: “Wise words. Take care and stay safe.”

Jenny’s co-star Paul Sinha also reacted to the news of their friend’s death in a now deleted tweet.

He tweeted: “Woken up to the news that Jon Jacob, my friend and quiz teammate for the last decade, has succumbed to corona.

“Farewell mate, we smashed Sunday afternoons. And you’ll always be the Greatest Classical Music Quizzer ever. (second from left).”

Paul has also expressed his concerns about potentially having the deadly virus himself.

“Although I can’t be sure and I can’t be tested it seems likely I have Coronavirus (sic),” he shared with his 143,000 followers.

“Started social distancing a few days too late. Anyone upsets me; I’ll be around to sneeze in your home.”

It comes as the UK has seen a recent surge in the number of coronavirus cases which has resulted in 335 deaths.


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Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a strict policy to members of the public in his latest statement.

As part of his lengthy statement, he said: “From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction — you must stay at home.

“Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.”

“People will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes,” he added.

The Chase airs weekdays on ITV at 5pm.

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