Comedy writer and actress Caroline Aherne has died at the age of 52 after suffering from Cancer.
Caroline Mary Aherne was an English comedian and BAFTA-winning writer and actress, best known for Mrs Merton, The Fast Show and The Royle Family. She was also the narrator of the Channel 4 reality series Gogglebox.
Aherne was married to Peter Hook of the rock band New Order from 1994 until 1997. During their marriage, he appeared in her TV series as leader of Hooky & the Boys, the house-band of The Mrs Merton Show.
During the 1990s Aherne suffered from depression and alcoholism. In 1998 she attempted suicide and was subsequently treated at the Priory.
She had also suffered from bladder cancer and from a rare cancer of the retina. In 2014 she embarked on a programme of treatment for lung cancer.
In June 2014 Aherne appeared in Manchester at the launch of the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership (MCIP), a £3.4m scheme to co-ordinate cancer care in the city. She spoke about how a sense of humour has helped her in her battle against the disease. In 2016, Aherne became the voice behind the UK government’s “One You” health campaign, to persuade people to cut down on cigarettes and alcohol.
In April 2016 it was reported that Aherne had throat cancer. On 2 July 2016, She had died in Manchester at the age of 52.