Saturday 21 April 2018

ITV's This Morning agony aunt Denise Robertson has died

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Denise Robertson, best known as the agony aunt on ITV's This Morning, has died aged 83.

Denise regularly appeared on the show ever since it first hit screens in 1988 and the announcement of her death was made on the show on Friday morning.

She had been battling pancreatic cancer.

In February she had released a statement telling fans why she had been absent from the show for several months.

"I'm sorry I've not been around for a couple of weeks but a persistent health issue has turned into something quite a lot bigger. I've been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer," read the statement.

"It has come as a surprise to me and my family but we know that many others have suffered and dealt with this condition and I don't plan to give up without a fight.

"My doctor is referring me for chemotherapy and hopefully that will start soon.

"I'd like to thank all the lovely viewers of This Morning who have been concerned about my health recently and I hope I'll be back on the sofa soon."

Robertson, from Sunderland, joined ITV's This Morning for its first ever broadcast in 1988. She also has her own advice website, and has written a column for Candis magazine.

Robertson lost her first husband Alex Robertson to lung cancer in 1972.

In 2006 her stepson, John, also died of cancer, at the age of 44.

She is survived by her husband Bryan Thubron and son Mark Alexander Robertson.

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