John Cocks – ‘Cocksy’

Popular television star builder and renovator John ‘Cocksy’ Cocks has lost his battle to kidney cancer.

The 52-year-old has been battling the disease since April, 2016, when he was diagnosed on Anzac Day.

A source told the Herald the much-loved reality TV star died yesterday.

John Cocks known by his nickname Cocksy, he appeared in several do-it-yourself programmes and television series starting in the late 90s.

He appeared in April’s Angels – alongside presenter and former Silver Fern April Ieremia – My House My Castle, Celebrity Treasure Island and Cocksy’s Day Off.

In March, 2017, the Herald on Sunday revealed the devoted father-of-three was battling kidney cancer.

He was also given the news that he had three years to live.

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The cancer was initially in his kidneys before spreading to his lungs and spine.

John Cocks made headlines after revealing he was taking the controversial water-based Te Kiri Gold cancer treatment.

Independent tests commissioned by the Herald at the time revealed the product did not meet the Government’s safe drinking guidelines.

However, that did not deter the reality TV star, who said: “I feel a million bucks. I have put on weight and have so much more energy.”

Dad to Georgia, Sophie and Ella, John Cocks married partner Dana Coote at an intimate ceremony on Tairua Beach in June, 2017.

After his diagnosis, Cocksy started ticking off a bucket list he wanted to complete – including buying a new surfboard, building his dream home in Tairua, taking surfing trips to the Islands and marrying the love of his life.

He said at the time: “The problem with a shortened life span, you think: ‘What are the important things you should do’? For me and Dana, it was to get married.’

John 'Cocksy' Cocks has passed away at 52


Everyone’s favourite television handyman, John Cocks “Cocksy”, has been farewelled at a funeral reflective of the man that he was – including one last laugh at his devoted wife’s expense.

The 52-year-old died last Wednesday, Waitangi Day, after an almost three-year battle with kidney cancer.

Friends and family gathered to celebrate his life and bid him farewell yesterday at the Tairua Rugby clubrooms, on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula.

Despite the sadness, the sun was shining brightly and there was a relaxed atmosphere as people gathered to hear eulogies.

Former Silver Fern April Ieremia, who co-starred with Cocks on the programme April’s Angels in the late 90s, was among the mourners.

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