Tributes pour in as Bernie Nolan loses battle with cancer, aged 52
IRISH singer Bernie Nolan has died following a battle with cancer.
The 52-year-old died yesterday morning surrounded by her loved ones.
Dublin-born Ms Nolan was given the all clear in 2010, but it was discovered that the disease had returned and spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones in October 2012.
She had been cared for in a hospice in recent months, but returned home to be with her family for her final days.
She was the third in her family to develop breast cancer.
A spokesperson for the Nolans said they were "devastated" by the news.
"Bernie passed away peacefully this morning with all of her family around her. The entire family are devastated to have lost beloved Bernie, a wonderful wife, adoring mother and loving sister; she is irreplaceable," the spokesman said.
A host of well-known names paid tribute to the singer after hearing the news.
Retired boxer Barry McGuigan said: "RIP Bernie Nolan, deepest sympathies to the family, lovely people. I'm send my love and best wishes to you all at this difficult time."
ITV presenter Phillip Schofield wrote on Twitter: "Just heard the very sad news that gorgeous, courageous and inspirational Bernie Nolan has died. Big love to Coleen Nolan and all the family."
His ITV colleague Lorraine Kelly said: "Bernie Nolan was a very special woman – brave, funny and hugely talented. She will be sorely missed. Thoughts with her family and friends."
Actor Martin Kemp said: "RIP Bernie Nolan, thinking of you and all your family and friends."
Actor Joseph McGann, who appeared alongside the Irish actress in a stage production of 'Calendar Girls', wrote online: "RIP Bernie Nolan – Fabulous voice, funny. . . I was lucky to have known. Thoughts are with Erin and Steve."
Former footballer Gary Lineker added: "Very sad to hear of the passing of Bernie Nolan.
"A fabulous and fabulously talented lady."
Last month, Colleen Nolan spoke to Miriam O'Callaghan on John Murray's RTE Radio 1 programme about her sister's illness. She said the family were rallying around her.