03/08/2012 12:24 BST | Updated 03/08/2012 12:50 BST

Ben Richards, Star of 'Footballers' Wives' And 'The Bill', Splits From Wife Helen Amid Cancer Battle

Former Footballers' Wives and The Bill actor Ben Richards has split from his wife, just months after revealing his cancer diagnosis.

The 40-year-old received the news from doctors in January, and he told fans he was preparing to undergo radiotherapy treatment.

However, Ben is now facing his health battle as a single man - his wife Helen, who he married in 2003, has revealed their relationship is over.

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She hinted at personal issues in a message on her page early last month (Jul12) by declaring, "Well that's that then! Thank you! Only 15 years down the drain!", and now Helen has cleared up her cryptic post.

Taking to Twitter again, she wrote: "Wish I could remember 2012 as the year of the Olympics, instead of the year my marriage broke down! Sad times."

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