04/07/2016 08:33 BST | Updated 04/07/2016 11:36 BST

Caroline Aherne's Family Were 'Unaware Of Her Deteriorating Condition', As She Died At Home Alone

'We didn't expect her to go.'

Caroline Aherne's family have spoken of their devastation after she died alone at her home, with relatives unaware her health had taken a turn for the worse. 

It was confirmed the 'Royle Family' star had lost her battle with lung cancer on Saturday (2 July) aged 52, with a family member now telling The Mirror that her condition deteriorated before they were all given a chance to say goodbye. 

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Caroline Aherne died on Saturday, aged 52

A relative revealed that she was alone at her bungalow in Timperley, Cheshire, when she passed away, explaining to the paper: "It was too quick, we didn’t expect her to go. She wasn’t in a hospice. She was just at home. She left on her own."

Her brother Patrick also issued a statement telling of his heartbreak at his sister's death. 

“My heart is broken as I loved her so much. But she is now in a better place and most of all she has no pain," he said. 

“I have lost a beautiful sister and the world has lost an amazing talent.

“I know Caroline would want everybody to be happy and not sad and I think we should now remember the comedy legacy that she has left for us. RIP Caroline.”

According to the paper, Caroline's family found out her cancer was terminal two months ago, after she was first diagnosed in 2014, and she had been doted on by her mother in recent times. 

While fans knew she was battling the disease, she had kept the severity of her illness private, and up until recently had been continuing to work, narrating on Channel 4's 'Gogglebox'. 

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