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Comedian Caroline Aherne dies aged 52

Press AssociationPress Association 2/07/2016

British actress Caroline Aherne has died of cancer at the age of 52.

The star was best known for her work in The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show and The Fast Show.

"Caroline Aherne has sadly passed away, after a brave battle with cancer," Neil Reading, her publicist, said on Saturday.

"The Bafta award-winning writer and comedy actor died earlier today at her home in Timperley, Greater Manchester. She was 52.

"The family ask for privacy at this very sad time."

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