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This Morning bids tearful farewell to 'queen of agony aunts'

Tributes have been pouring in from around the world for Denise Robertson, who died today, aged 83, following a battle with cancer.

Denise's ITV family on This Morning - where she had appeared since 1988 - said an emotional farewell to the "queen of the agony aunts".

ITV News reporter Sally Lockwood reports:

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Richard Madeley: Denise was a mother figure

Former This Morning host Richard Madeley has paid tribute to the show's agony aunt Denise Robertson, who has died after a short battle with cancer at the age of 83.

He told ITV News of the huge impact "mother figure" Robertson had on the show, revealing "everybody wanted Denise to like them."

Madeley, who worked with Robertson from 1988 to 2001, said "even top presenters like Phillip Schofield ... the key thing was to get Denise Robertson's approval."

Richard and Judy: 'Genuine' Denise really made a difference

Former This Morning hosts Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have paid tribute to Denise Robertson, telling the show the veteran agony aunt had "really made a difference."

The married presenters worked with Robertson from 1988 until they left the show in 2001.

Madeley described her as "the best agony aunt in the business" and told of how she went above and beyond for viewers who contacted her with problems.

Finnigan said: "She never affected to give advice - she was full of good words and good faith."

Rylan: Denise was 'the nicest and kindest woman in TV'

Rylan Clark-Neal has described Denise Robertson as the "nicest and kindest woman in tele" as he remembered his former This Morning colleague after her death at the age of 83.

Posting pictures of himself and Denise on Twitter he paid tribute to the TV agony aunt and even declared she would "always be the only woman for me".

Phillip Schofield: 'Her praise was incredible feeling'

Denise was a "tireless campaigner" for the Bubble Foundation Credit: Twitter/Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield says he is "absolutely heartbroken" at the death of This Morning agony aunt Denise Robertson.

He told the programme that he expected the news because Denise was "so terribly poorly" when she was diagnosed with cancer in February.

"Because you were expecting it you don't expect the blow, maybe, to be so huge, but if Denise was sitting on the sofa opposite me now she'd be saying no matter how prepared you are it always comes as a shock", he said.

Over Skype, Phillip continued: "I know when I started work at This Morning she was the person I wanted approval of the most".

Denise "welcomed" him into This Morning's family and it was "the most incredible feeling" when she praised him.

Phillip added that Denise was a "tireless campaigner" for the Bubble Foundation, and said she was always careful and sensitive when working with people.

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Holly Willoughby: 'Denise was a real fighter'

Holly Willoughby says she still expects to walk down the This Morning hallway and see Denise Robertson Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Holly Willoughby has paid an emotional tribute to former colleague Denise Robertson as she held back the tears while sharing her memories during a phone-in with This Morning today.

Referring to her as a "huge part of the family" and a "real fighter", Willoughby said she had known about her friend's death since yesterday but the news still felt like it was sinking in.

She was a huge huge part of the family.

When I joined she welcomed me in with open arms and has just been so wonderful listening to stories I've had to tell her and bits back stage. Whatever she did on screen was the tip of the iceberg for me because she continued to help people and do so much behind the scenes that nobody saw.

She was a real fighter for everybody there was nothing she wouldn't do - its just so sad, so so sad.

– Holly Willoughby

Denise Robertson: The world has lost an extraordinary woman, say family

This Morning's agony aunt Denise Robertson has died aged 83 Credit: This Morning

Denise Robertson's family has paid tribute to the This Morning agony aunt, who has died aged 83 after a short battle with cancer.

In a message read out on the show by Eamonn Holmes, they said "The world's lost an extraordinary woman."

It is with the deepest possible sorrow that we announce the passing of a very great lady.

Our dearest Denise Robertson lost her short battle with cancer today at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

We send our gratitude to the many thousands of people who have sent messages of love, support and prayers during these difficult weeks, these sustained and delighted her immeasurably.

The care Denise received from Professor Cunningham, Dr Tait and all the staff at the hospital was above and beyond anything we could have hoped for. The world has lost an extraordinary woman. We know that her ITV Family, the This Morning viewers and the incalculable numbers of people she has helped and causes she has championed during her 83 years, will be grieving with us at this intensely painful time.

– Denise Robertson's family

Eamonn Holmes pays tribute to Denise Robertson

Eamonn Holmes paid tribute to "beloved" former colleague Denise Robertson today as he returned to the This Morning sofa to lead the tributes to the TV agony aunt after her death aged 83.

Recalling how he used to work with Robertson on a different show called 'Open Air' in the mid-80s before she was poached by the producers who launched This Morning, Holmes reminisced about the friend and colleague he had known for over 30 years as tributes poured in from fellow co-stars.

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