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Much-loved Jo Jones is the second Big Issue vendor to die in Bath in a month

The 44-year-old, who was known for her “wicked sense of humour”, was found dead at hostel last weekend

Joanne Jones

We are sad to report that Big Issue vendor Joanne Jones has died just a month after fellow Bath seller Istvan Kakas.

The 44-year-old was found dead at the Julian House Manvers Street Hostel in the city last weekend. Joanne, known as Jo, had received support at the hostel for many years. The cause of her death is unknown at this time.

She had been selling the magazine outside TK Maxx in the city and on other pitches since 2016.

Geo Leonard, Big Issue service broker in Bath and Bristol, said: “No matter the circumstances Jo always had a wicked sense of humour, inner strength and resilience. Jo will be deeply missed by everyone at The Big Issue Bath.”

Late vendor Istvan, who sold the magazine at Halfpenny Bridge in Bath until his death, will be laid to rest at St Matthew’s Church in Widcombe on Saturday after he died from leukaemia on October 16.

A fundraising campaign raised more than £4,500 to cover the costs of Istvan’s cremation and the memorial service.

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