One of Britain’s best loved actresses, Caroline Aherne has died at the age of 52.
The Royale Family star, Caroline Aherne has died at her home after a 2 year-long battle from lung cancer.
The star’s publicist, Neil Reading, confirmed her death.
The Bafta award-winning writer and comedy actor had also been diagnosed with eye and bladder cancer.
In 1997 Aherne caused controversy after passionately kissing the Eurovision song contest winner Katrina Leskanich at the Sony Radio Awards ceremony.
She was best known for her roles in The Royal Family and as Mrs Merton. More recently she lent her voice to Channel 4’s Gogglebox.
Numerous stars have paid tribute.
Difficult to be anything other than devastated by Caroline Aherne. So talented, so funny, a Mancunian hero. RIP
— Owen Jones? (@OwenJones84) July 2, 2016
Caroline Aherne moved television comedy on to a new place. Her extraordinary work will be cherished by future generations.
— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) July 2, 2016
A loss to comedy : genius edgy dangerous RIP Caroline Aherne
— Helen Lederer (@HelenLederer) July 2, 2016
Absolutely devastating news about Caroline Aherne. A true comedy genius, her work was equally funny & touching. https://t.co/JwSULy25f7
— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) July 2, 2016
Neil Reading asked for privacy on behalf of her family saying,
“The family ask for privacy at this very sad time.”