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Comedian Victoria Wood has died at the age of 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said.
Comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after 'a short but brave' battle with cancer, her publicist has said.
Neil Reading, the PR agency said: "Victoria Wood has sadly passed away, after a short but brave battle with cancer.
“The multi Bafta award-winning writer, director, actor and comedian died peacefully at her north London home with family this morning. She was 62. The family ask for privacy at this very sad time.”
Writers and comedians have taken to Twitter to pay their condolences and remember her greatest achievements.
So incredibly sad to hear that Victoria Wood has died. A true comedy icon.— Sarah Millican (@SarahMillican75) April 20, 2016
So upset that Victoria Wood has passed away. I got to spend an afternoon with her through @BAFTA .It was one of the best moments of my life.— Sharon Rooney (@sharonrooney) April 20, 2016
RIP, the briilliant, brilliant Victoria Wood x— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) April 20, 2016
Victoria Wood was a national treasure loved by millions. My thoughts are with her family.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) April 20, 2016
A world without Victoria Wood is a sad sad thing. My first major crush. R.I.P beautiful. 2016...the year of taking the greats.— Danny Dyer (@MrDDyer) April 20, 2016
Deeply saddened by the news of Victoria Wood's passing. She meant so much to so many. RIP— Jamie Bell (@1jamiebell) April 20, 2016
Oh my goodness dear Victoria wood has passed away. Heartbreaking #ripvictoriawood— Zoe Ball (@ZoeTheBall) April 20, 2016
Oh, Victoria Wood. You were SO my hero. I can quote whole scripts by heart.— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) April 20, 2016
Seeing Victoria Wood on TV - working class, bookish, silly, clever, doing stand-up, singing, acting - made me think "Girls can do this."— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) April 20, 2016
Wood shot to fame as part of a comedy duo with Julie Walters, and since then became one of Britain's most popular standup comics.
She also wrote and starred in the TV series Dinner Ladies in 1998.