Comedian Caroline Aherne has died from cancer at aged 52, her publicist has confirmed.
The star and writer of The Royle Family and Mrs Merton was diagnosed with lung cancer last year having previously recovered from eye and bladder cancer. She passed away at her home in Timperley, Greater Manchester.
In recent years, Caroline also narrated hit Channel Four television programme, Googlebox.
Fellow comedians have been quick to pay tribute to the much-loved star. Edgar Wright described Caroline as having ‘funny bones’.
Very sad to hear of Caroline Aherne's passing. Such a talented writer and performer. She could make you smile immediately. Such funny bones.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 2, 2016
David Walliams revealed he was devasted by the news.
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
Jason Manford also paid tribute.
Awful news about Caroline Aherne. She gave us all so many laughs and happy memories. Rest in Peace.
— Jason Manford (@JasonManford) July 2, 2016