01/03/2016 13:41 GMT | Updated 01/03/2016 13:59 GMT

Louise Plowright Dead: Former 'EastEnders' Actress Dies, Aged 59

Former ‘EastEnders’ star Louise Plowright has died at the of 59 following her pancreatic cancer diagnosis, it has been confirmed.

The actress starred as hairdresser Julie Cooper in the soap, and also had a glittering career on the West End stage.

Her death was confirmed on a Facebook page that was set up to help raise funds for the actress’s treatment.

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Louise Plowright

It read: “Dear wonderful supporters of Louise.

“I am so sorry to have to let you know that an hour ago we lost Louise to that horrid disease. All of her family were with her.

“The world has lost a truly special person, prodigiously talented, and a friend to all.

“Can I thank all of you who joined us in this battle and who helped Louise to have hope.”

Dear wonderful supporters of Louise. I am so sorry to have to let you know that an hour ago we lost Louise to that...

Posted by Fundraising for Louise Plowright's life saving treatment on Tuesday, 1 March 2016

On stage, Louise recently starred as Madame Morrible in ‘Wicked’, and left when she was forced to withdraw from the production due to her diagnosis.

She made her debut in ‘Mamma Mia!’ back in 1999.

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