Barnaby's brother Tim Joyce dies from 'terminal cancer'
The brother of former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has died in Sydney after being rushed to hospital on Friday.
Tim Joyce died at the weekend aged 42, radio host Alan Jones confirmed on his 2GB program this morning.
Jones made the announcement on behalf of Mr Joyce after he was unable to join the Friday morning show.
"He was to come on to the program to talk about drought, he didn't appear and I couldn't get on to him," Jones said.
"Just before I came off air, I had a text from Barnaby, to tell me his brother Tim had been admitted to intensive care at Royal North Shore Hospital.
"Barnaby's younger brother Tim died at the weekend."
Jones shared a text message Mr Joyce sent him after his brother's death.
"He said of his brother Tim, 'he looked at the ceiling and said thank you God for giving me the experience of life. Then he faded out, and we said the rosary around him. He was such an innocent, loving boy."
Jones said Tim Joyce had three young children, and it had been a rough time for the family dealing with his "terminal cancer".
His brother's admission to hospital on Friday forced him to pull out of the Nationals' state party conference in Cowra.
The former deputy prime minister Joyce has been on sick leave since May, after his new partner and former staffer Vikki Campion gave birth to their son.