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Friends and family gather for Lynda Bellingham funeral

Friends and family have gathered for the funeral of actress and TV presenter Lynda Bellingham, who died from cancer last month.

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Actress Lynda Bellingham dies after cancer battle

Lynda Bellingham Credit: PA

Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had been suffering from cancer, 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, which later spread to her lungs and liver.

In a statement on behalf of Bellingham's family, Latimer, said:

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
Lynda Bellingham with fellow Loose Women presenters earlier this month. Credit: Rex / ITV

Bellingham's decision to end her treatment was revealed in a newspaper serialisation of her forthcoming autobiography. She had said she would like to see one last Christmas.

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.

– Lynda Bellingham

Among those paying tribute to the actress and presenter were Carol McGiffin, Jane McDonald and Denise Welch - former co-stars on ITV's Loose Women.

Another, Nadia Sawalha - who also worked with Bellingham on the famous Oxo adverts - told ITV's Lorraine she was "heartbroken" by the news.

We're just all heartbroken because her real, her last wish was that she would spend this Christmas with her family. Anyone that knew Lynda and knew her well, knew that she was this absolute live wire. She would come into a room and light the place up. Everybody loved her.

– Nadia Sawalha

Sawalha also said Bellingham had urged her and her fellow Loose Woman presenters to "have a big party" for her when she passed away.

"That's Lynda though and through," she said.

Bellingham smiles during filming of a dedicated special episode of Loose Women. Credit: ITV/Rex

Earlier this month, Bellingham made a moving final appearance on the hit series - receiving two standing ovations from the studio audience.

Asked by a clearly moved Coleen Nolan how she wished to be remembered, the actress replied: "Just an honest person."

Bellingham leaves husband Michael Pattemore and two sons: Michael, 31, and Robert, 26.

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