One of Britain’s best loved actresses, Caroline Aherne has died at the age of 52.

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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.

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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.

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Neil Reading asked for privacy on behalf of her family saying,

“The family ask for privacy at this very sad time.”

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