The sad news that comedy legend Caroline Aherne died aged 52 broke yesterday. Caroline passed away following a long battle with cancer. The Royle Family creator and Gogglebox narrator had revealed she was undergoing treatment for lung cancer in May 2014 having previously suffered from bladder cancer and a rare form of eye cancer. Aherne sadly lost her battle with the disease on 2nd July when she died at her home in Timperley.
Her many famous pals and co-stars have been paying tribute to the much loved star, including her Royle Family co-stars. Caroline played dizzy Denise in the show, a brown lip liner-loving, tracksuit wearing sweetheart who made us laugh until we cried.
Ralf Little, who played Caroline’s on-screen brother Antony in the hit TV show, was understandably devastated over the loss tweeting, “Sorry for the silence – I just… don’t know what to say. What a sad, sad day. We’ve lost another one of our best. A character. A legend. A boss. A sister, real and (for me) fake. A boss. An actor. A genius. A friend. Big, big heart. Goodbye. X”
Royle Family mother and matriarch Sue Johnston said, “I am devastated at her passing and I am numb with grief.”
Caroline’s on-screen lay about dad was played by Ricky Tomlinson. The actor said he was “so bloody shocked. She was absolutely wonderful and amazing to work for. Kind, funny, witty. A true professional and one of the most generous people I ever worked with.” Ricky also praised Caroline’s bravery when battling the illness.
Caroline and Ricky Tomlinson
“She never talked about her health, ever. I can never ever remember her complaining. She must have gone trough a lot but I never saw her looking unwell. She never flagged in work and the atmosphere when she was writing and acting was brilliant.”
Noel Gallagher, who’s band provided the theme tune for the show with Half The World Away, put it perfectly with a fitting tribute…
“RIP Kaz. I shall sing for you tonight. My God you made us laugh.”