Saturday 1 October 2016

'Thanks for the laughs' - Stars pay tribute to comedy icon Caroline Aherne who has died aged 52

Geraldine Gittens

Published 02/07/2016 | 16:10

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File photo dated 14/05/2000: Actress Caroline Aherne with her BAFTA award for best comedy performance for The Royle Family. Photo: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire
Award winning TV writer and comedian Caroline Aherne revealed she was fighting lung cancer in 2014
Royle Family creator Caroline Aherne
File photo dated 18/02/99: Actress Caroline Aherne who has died at the age of 52 after a battle with cancer, her publicist has said. Photo: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire
File photo dated 31/05/2000: Caroline Aherne (centre) with the cast of The Royle Family (left to right) Craig Cash, Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston and Ralph Little at the premiere of the film Maybe Baby. Photo: Peter Jordan/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/01/01 of actress Caroline Aherne attending the South Bank Awards, as she has died at the age of 52 after a battle with cancer, her publicist has said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday July 2, 2016. See PA story DEATH Aherne. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/01/01: Caroline Aherne (centre) with fellow stars of The Royle Family Liz Smith (left) and Sue Johnston after they won the Comedy Award at the South Bank Awards, as Aherne has died at the age of 52 after a battle with cancer, her publicist has said. Photo: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Tributes have been pouring in across social media following the news that British comedy icon Caroline Aherne has died aged 52.

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The Royle Family creator and actress lost her fight with lung cancer today, her publicist said.

Stars like David Walliams, Zoe Ball, and Jeremy Clarkson have led tributes to the actress today on Twitter.

Aherne was born in London, but her parents are from Ireland.

Aherne, who was a smoker, had struggled with health problems for years.

The 52-year-old actress and writer, whose comedy creations included the Royle Family and her spoof chat host Mrs Merton, had previously been treated for bladder and eye cancer.

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