Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham died yesterday in her husband Michael’s arms, her agent has said.
The 66-year-old star, best known for her long-running role as a mother in the Oxo TV adverts, had been battling colon cancer, which later spread to her lungs and liver, since being diagnosed in July last year.
The actress revealed earlier this year that she had decided to end her treatment to limit the amount of suffering her family would witness.
She said that she wanted to have some control back over the remainder of her life after being left desperately ill by the gruelling chemo sessions.
In a statement on behalf of Bellingham’s family, her agent, Sue Latimer, said this morning: ‘Lynda died peacefully in her husband’s arms yesterday at a London hospital.
‘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.’
The tragic news came just days after the 66-year-old made an emotional return to TV show Loose Women for one final appearance and told a fellow presenter: ‘Please don’t cry… it will be fine.’
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