Writer and comedian Caroline Aherne, best known for writing and starring in The Royle Family as Denise Royle has died aged 52, according to her publisher. The actress also starred in Mrs Merton, appeared in The Fast Show and narrated Gogglebox.
Aherne herself had previously confirmed she had been diagnosed with lung cancer, having previously already suffered from eye and bladder cancer.
In a statement, her publicist Neil Reading said: “Caroline Aherne has sadly passed away, after a brave battle with cancer. The Bafta award-winning writer and comedy actor died earlier today at her home in Timperley, Greater Manchester. She was 52. The family ask for privacy at this very sad time.”
Among those to pay tribute to Caroline was David Walliams who tweeted: “Absolutely devastating news about Caroline Aherne. A true comedy genius, her work was equally funny & touching.” Jenny Eclair also expressed her sorrows saying: “Poor dear Caroline Aherne, how terribly sad.”
Our thoughts go out to all friends and family at this time. Watch a classic ‘Denise Royle’ scene below: