Lynda Bellingham dies aged 66

The actress and presenter passed away yesterday "in her husband's arms" after announcing her decision to stop treatment for colon cancer

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Lynda Bellingham has died aged 66, her agent has confirmed. 

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The actress and presenter passed away yesterday “in her husband’s arms”, said her agent Sue Latimer, following a battle with colon cancer. 

Bellingham – known for her appearances as a mother in the Oxo TV adverts between 1983 and 1999 – was first diagnosed in July 2013 and had only recently announced her decision to cease treatment after the disease spread to her lungs and liver. 

“Lynda died peacefully in her husband’s arms yesterday at a London hospital,” read the statement. “Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff for their tremendous care and support.

“Actor, writer and presenter – to the end Lynda was a consummate professional,” added Latimer. 

During her 40-year career, Bellingham was also known for her roles in All Creatures Great and Small and her place on the panel of ITV’s Loose Women between 2007-2011.  She also starred in the 14-part Doctor Who serial The Trial of a Time Lord as the Inquisitor in 1986.  

She had been set to tour in a stage production of Kay Mellor’s A Passionate Woman when her cancer was first diagnosed in July 2013. 

Bellingham revealed in September this year that she had taken the decision to stop receiving chemotherapy, writing in her autobiography, Memoir, serialised in the Daily Mail: “It is my last vestige of control to sit in front of the oncologist and say when I would like to stop having chemo and let the natural way do its thing.”

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She had filmed a special farewell episode of Loose Women with presenters Coleen Nolan and Janet Street Porter to air on Wednesday. 

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The actress – who received an OBE from Buckingham Palace earlier this year – is survived by her husband, Michael Pattemore, and children Michael and Robbie.