Tributes pour in for Caroline Aherne after her death at age 52

Comedian and actress Caroline Aherne has died after battling cancer, her publicist has confirmed.

Fellow comedians and stars of her television show The Royle Family and Gogglebox have paid tribute to her, describing her as a "comic genius".

The BAFTA-winning actress had battled cancer three times in her lifetime, first being struck with the disease in childhood.

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Aherne was a 'raw talent' says her Fast Show co-star

Caroline Aherne has been remembered as an "incredibly funny" comedian and a "raw talent" by one of her co-stars on The Fast Show.

The Fast Show cast including Thomson (middle of top row) and Aherne (seated second right) Credit: PA

John Thomson said that Aherne could be relied upon to make him "roar with laughter" but had become a "virtual recluse" in recent years as she struggled with the demands of fame.

She wasn't political, she never saw herself as a feminist or representing the minority of female comics. She didn't need to, there was no agenda, she was just funny.

She was an incredibly funny woman on and off screen, whose raw talent and 'funny bones' never failed to make me roar with laughter.

– John Thomson

Thomson said he had last seen Aherne while they were working on Sky comedy After Hours in 2014.

He said she was "painfully thin" but on "amazing form".

"This was the last time I saw her. I'm grateful for that fact, as that was how I would want to remember her."


Ricky Tomlinson pays tribute to 'generous' co-star

Ricky Tomlinson co-starred with Caroline Aherne in The Royle Family Credit: PA

Actor Ricky Tomlinson has paid tribute to Caroline Aherne, saying that she was "a true professional and one of the most generous people I have ever worked with".

Speaking to The Sunday Mirror, he called her "kind, funny, witty" and said he was "so bloody shocked" at her death.

Tomlinson, 76, co-starred in Aherne's televison show The Royle Family.

He told the paper Aherne had been "absolutely wonderful and amazing to work for", and that over the two years she was battling cancer she he could "never, ever remember her complaining".

Steve Coogan pays tribute to 'incredibly funny' Caroline Aherne

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".

Fellow comedians tweet tributes to Caroline Aherne

Fellow comedians Lenny Henry, Miranda Hart and The League of Gentlemen's Reece Shearsmith have tweeted their respects to Caroline Aherne.

Little Britain's Matt Lucas said Aherne "moved television comedy on to a new place".

Debbie McGee says Aherne was 'wonderful' as Mrs Merton

Debbie McGee, the widow of magician Paul Daniels who was at the receiving end of one of Mrs Merton's most famous lines, said her creator Caroline Aherne was "wonderful".

Aherne's Mrs Merton famously asked McGee in a 1995 episode: "What first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?"

TV presenter Keith Chegwin, who was also a 'victim' of Mrs Merton said: "Even though she was taking the mickey out of me. I never laughed so much."

McGee's husband Paul Daniels died in April, also of cancer, in a year that has seen the death of scores of big names in entertainment.


Aherne had paid tribute to fellow comedian Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood died of cancer earlier this year. Credit: PA

Caroline Aherne, who died on Saturday after battling cancer, had paid tribute to her fellow comedian Victoria Wood who died of the disease in April.

She released a statement saying Wood had a "rare gift of making us laugh at the mundanities of life with a humour that was never cruel and only ever warm. A true comic genius".

Aherne is the latest big name in entertainment to have passed away in 2016.

Gogglebox 'family': 'We all adored Aherne'

Producers of the Channel 4 television reality show Gogglebox have paid tribute to Caroline Aherne, who was the narrator since the first episode in 2013.

Other stars of the show have paid their respects to Aherne on social media.

Royle Family co-stars pay tribute to Caroline Aherne

The Royale Family star said she was devastated at Caroline Aherne's death. Credit: PA archive

Actress Sue Johnson who played Caroline Aherne's on-screen mother Barbara in The Royle Family said in a statement she was "devastated" and "numb with grief" to learn of her death.

Ralf Little who starred as her brother Antony in the hit sitcom described it as a "sad, sad day" and said she had a "big heart".

Coronation Street's Andrew Whyment, who played Darren in The Royle Family, said she was a "very talented woman".

Tribute to 'vulnerable' and 'comic genius' Aherne

More stars have paid tribute to comedian Caroline Aherne who lost her battle with cancer on Saturday.

Fellow comedian David Baddiel described her as "vulnerable and complex and damaged but lovely".

Aherne had fought depression and drink problems and spent time in the Priory clinic following a suicide attempt, before moving to Australia to avoid the glare of publicity.

Comedian David Walliams called her a "true comedy genius".

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