Actor and comedian, Steve Coogan, has paid tribute to the "incredibly funny" Caroline Aherne who has died aged 52.
The 50-year-old spoke of how he first met the comedian when she was a secretary at the BBC looking to appear on the television.
The actor paid tribute to his friend who he said would leave him crying with laughter.
"She was a grounded, decent person," he said, adding: "I'll miss her terribly".
The former Oasis frontman was told The Royle Family star had died moments before he took to the stage in Nashville, Tennessee.
Following her death at the age of 52 from cancer, we take a look back at Caroline Aherne's career in pictures.
Caroline Aherne, best known for Mrs Merton, The Fast Show and The Royle Family, has died her publicist has confirmed.