Caroline Aherne Dead: Tributes Pour In For Comedy Legend, After She Dies Aged 52

The 'Royle Family' star has lost her battle with cancer.

The star of ‘The Royle Family’, ‘Mrs Merton’ and ‘Gogglebox’ lost her battle with cancer at the age of 52.

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Many comedy contemporaries and celebrity fans and friends paid their respects to Caroline on Twitter after the news broke.

David Walliams, Sarah Millican and Phillip Schofield were among the first to honour the late comic on the social media site, after news of her death broke, while Ralf Little later shared his own sadness and shock at his 'The Royle Family' co-star's death.

Her publicist Neil Reading confirmed the sad news in a statement, which read: “Caroline Aherne has sadly passed away, after a brave battle with cancer.

“The BAFTA award-winning writer and comedy actor died earlier today at her home in Timperley, Greater Manchester. She was 52.

“The family ask for privacy at this very sad time.”

The BAFTA-winning comedian and writer had been battling cancer since 2014, and had made less frequent appearances narrating Channel 4 show ‘Gogglebox’ in the last few months.

She first made a name for herself starring on ‘The Fast Show’ in 1994, before going on to launch her own comedy chat show as alter-ego Mrs Merton.

She went on to write and star in one of the most successful sitcoms of all-time, ‘The Royle Family’, which aired on-and-off between 1998 and 2012.

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