Family 'didn't expect Caroline Aherne to go' as she died alone

The world of television comedy and satirical writing has lost a major figure with the death of Caroline Aherne from cancer at the age of just 52.

Earlier this year, it was though her health was improving after her former The Royle Family co-star Sue Johnston spoke about her during an appearance on This Morning.

She was a lovely, courageous person and she was a pioneer.

"I. just don't know what to say". She really was a comic genius. The actress sadly died on June 2nd at her home after a battle with cancer.

The comedian's brother Patrick later released an emotional statement which read: "My heart is broken as I loved her so much". But she is now in a better place and most of all she has no pain. I'll miss her making us cry with laughter.

She wasn't political, she never saw herself as a feminist or representing the minority of female comics.

CAROLINE Aherne died at home alone as her family were unaware she had taken a turn for the worse, according to a relative.

"She completely stood up for what she believed in creatively".

"She didn't want a live audience and she didn't want any canned laughter". Her hair, beneath her wig, had regrown, she was painfully thin, but despite all this, she was on fantastic form, the Caroline I knew and loved working with. She changed the landscape.

"The Royle Family was brilliant, no one had done anything like that before and it pushed the boundaries". It was just people sat watching TV in their living room.

"She was absolutely wonderful and fantastic to work for".

"I have lost a lovely sister and the world has lost an incredible talent. The family ask for privacy at this very sad time".

"Another time, we were recording Royle Family at Ealing Studios, and one of the big cheeses came down and they said that it was running four minutes short".

The star, best known for the sitcom The Royle Family and for ageing up as the agony aunt Mrs Merton, had been diagnosed with lung cancer and had previously been treated for bladder and eye cancer, as well as fighting depression and drink problems. I shall sing for you tonight.

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