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Lynda Bellingham Dead: Former 'Loose Women' Presenter Dies Of Cancer, Aged 66

20/10/2014 08:16 BST | Updated 20/10/2014 12:59 BST

Lynda Bellingham has died at the age of 66, her agent has confirmed.

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The former ‘Loose Women’ presenter, who had been battling terminal cancer, died on Sunday “in her husband’s arms” according to her agent, Sue Latimer.

In a statement on behalf of Lynda’s family, she said: “Lynda died peacefully in her husband's arms yesterday at a London hospital.

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Lynda Bellingham

"Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff for their tremendous care and support.

"Actor, writer and presenter - to the end Lynda was a consummate professional."

Last month, Lynda announced the devastating news that, after initially being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2013, her condition had worsened, with the cancer spreading to her lungs and liver.

In excerpts from her autobiography, she revealed that she had decided not to continue with her chemotherapy, and had just weeks left to live.

In her own words, Lynda said: “It is my last vestige of control to sit in front of the oncologist and say when I would like to stop having chemo and let the natural way do its thing.”

Lynda filmed an interview with her former ‘Loose Women’ co-presenters Coleen Nolan and Janet Street-Porter - scheduled to air this week - where she was asked how she would like to be remembered, to which she responded: “Just as an honest person.

“We’ve been through this as 'Loose Women' - you can’t do 'Loose Women' unless you’re honest. You can’t hide anything, it really is honest when we answer questions. That’s why I felt I could write about it and know people would trust.

“Trust is a huge thing. Not just as an actor, not just as a lover, not just as a wife, that trust thing. Just to say ‘you could trust her’.”

Lynda is survived by her husband, Michael, two sons, Michael and Robbie, and stepson, Bradley.

Lynda Bellingham (1948-2014)

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