Lynda Bellingham: A Tribute

The world lost some of its magic today, and we one of the best colleagues we could have ever wished for; Loose Women will never be the same again.

From much loved Oxo mum to witty Loose Woman, Lynda Bellingham touched so many lives, and faced her final days with determination, dignity and an awe-inspiring positivity.

Thankyou for all your tributes and messages...

Goodbye Lynda

Lynda Bellingham

Former Loose Woman, Lynda Bellingham, who had been suffering from cancer in recent months, died yesterday "in her husband's arms", her agent Sue Latimer said today.

The 66-year-old star, best known for her long-running role as a mother in the Oxo TV adverts, had been battling colon cancer for some time.

Our thoughts and wishes go to her family on this incredibly sad day. And to all those whose lives she toughed so deeply, as she did ours.

Please feel free to leave your messages of condolence on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Lynda died peacefully in her husband's arms yesterday at a London hospital.
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.

– Family statement

The decision to give up chemo was a huge relief because I took back some control of myself. It's there on the table if I want it. I don't want the boys or my husband to see me die a little sad old lady. I want to go out there as I am.


Cancer support

If you or a loved one are affected by cancer then there are a selection of charities and support groups available.

Head to Macmillan for help, support and advice or call them on 0808 808 00 00

OR visit any of the following specialist cancer sites for more information

Cancer Research UK

Bowel Cancer UK

Friday with The Hairy Bikers

Hairy Bikers

Famed for their motorbikes and honest home-cooked food those loveable Hairy Bikers, Dave and Si will be joining the Loose team later today to talk about their latest foodie ventures.

Catch them live with Gloria, Sherrie, Nadia and guest panellist Linda Lusardi from 12.30pm.

See you then!

The return of the chat show King...

Jonathan Ross and the Loose Women

Did you know the Jonathan Ross showis back? It's true! The chat show king will be back on our screen this Saturday with a host of amazing celebrity guests. He found time to pop by and see our Loose Ladies earlier today though and we haven't laughed so much in ages!

Our Gloria gave him some interviewing advice plus we talked Ebola, Halloween and dogs. Watch it all again now on our ITVplayer.

Gloria and Jonathan

Donny Osmond's back!

Coleen, Donny Osmond and Jamelia

Thanks for all your brilliant comments on today's show, you got stuck right in with our topics as we discussed smoking bans, lavish weddings and the result of the hoax call with DJ Mel Greig. But by far it was the one and only Donny Osmond who was today's star!

Missed the show? Catch it again on our ITVplayer

Donny love!

Jamelia, Coleen and Donny

Today on Loose Women

Mel Greig

Join Kaye, Janet, Coleen and Jamelia for another dose of celebrity chats and topical debates.

Aussie DJ, Mel Greig will be joining us. Famed for her hoax prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated, she'll be discussing the recent inquest and how the experience has drastically changed her life.

PLUS the one and only Donny Osmond will be with us, treating you to a special performance!

Join us from 12.30pm - see you then.

Midweek moan...have your say!

Want to get involved in today's topics and have your say? Then GIVE US A CALL ON: 0330 123 3101 this morning.

- Banning smoking in public parks - good idea?
- The real real cost of lavish weddings in debt and divorce according to new study
- Apple and Facebook to pay for female employees to freeze their eggs so they can concentrate on their careers

Separation, Shane and shopping lists

Coleen, Shane Filan and Jamelia

Ex-westlife singer, Shane Filan popped by to chat about his latest solo tour this lunchtime. You were lined up in your hundreds outside the ITV studios to catch a glimpse of the Irish heartthrob, and it seems from all your lovely messages that you weren't disappointed!

We talked divorce settlements and changing your name after getting hitched, plus Jamelia revealed her inner organisational goddess!

Catch the show again on our ITVplayer and don't forget to have your say on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Shane and the Loose Women