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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 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.

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