Comedian Caroline Aherne has died at the age of 52 after a battle with cancer, her publicist has said.The actress, best known for her roles in The Mrs Merton Show, The Fast Show and The Royle Family, died at her home in Timperley, Greater Manchester.
Neil Reading, her publicist, said on Saturday: “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. The family ask for privacy at this very sad time.”
Aherne, who had been a smoker, had been battling lung cancer and had also previously been treated for bladder and eye cancer. She had struggled with health problems for years, and also fought depression and drink problems before moving to Australia to avoid publicity.
The writer was married to former New Order guitarist Peter Hook before they separated and she began a romance with TV researcher Matt Bowers who died from cancer at the age of 28 after they had split.