TV builder John 'Cocksy' Cocks dies after cancer battle

Publish Date
Thursday, 7 February 2019, 5:34PM

Much-loved TV builder 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 reality TV star died yesterday.

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, 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.

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

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.''

Cocks - dad to Georgia, Sophie and Ella - 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.''

 

This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.