Yesterday (July 2) Comedian Caroline Aherne died from cancer at aged 52, her publicist confirmed.
The star and writer of The Royle Family, Mrs Merton and most recently, the narrator of Channel 4’s Gogglebox, Aherne 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.
Noel Gallagher paid tribute to Aherne during a gig in the US last night – dedicating a poignant rendition of ‘Half the World Away’ to the late comedy icon. ‘Half the World Away’ served as the theme tune to The Royle Family.
According tot he Manchester Evening News, he had only been made aware of Aherne’s passing a few hours before he took to the stage in Nashville. Introducing the song, Gallagher said: “I want to dedicate the next song to a friend of mine who died this afternoon.”
Continuing, he said: “Her name was Caroline and she was a very, very, very funny woman. She used this next song on a very, very, very, very brilliant sitcom in England called The Royle Family,” before pointing to the sky and finishing: “So, wherever you are.”
Sharing a photo of Aherne on Instagram earlier yesterday, Noel Gallagher captioned it: “RIP Kaz.. I shall sing for you tonight. (My god you made us laugh!)”
Tributes have been pouring in for Aherne, including thoughts from her The Royle Family cast members Ricky Tomlinson and Ralf Little. Fellow comedians were quick to pay tribute to the much-loved star, with the likes of Edgar Wright describing her as having ‘funny bones’.