Actress Caroline Aherne has died at the age of 52 after a battle with cancer.
She died at her home in Manchester in northern England Saturday, publicist Neil Reading said.
Her Royale Family character, Denise, might be called Britain’s answer the Peggy Bundy (Katy Sagal), the sofa-sitting neglectful mother from Fox’s Married With Children.
Aherne was a BAFTA award winner for her work on the sitcom. Before that, she’d had her own fake talk-show comedy, Mrs. Merton, in which she played a nosy grandma-like character who asked falsely sympathetic, insinuating questions of her guests.
Aherne had been treated for several forms of cancer and had drunk and smoked heavily. Like too other many comedians, also suffered from depression and attempted suicide in 1998.
British luminaries paid tribute on Twitter Saturday:
Oh God No. Caroline Aherne Rest in Peace Beautiful xxxxx
— Robbie Williams (@robbiewilliams) July 2, 2016
Absolutely devastating news about Caroline Aherne. A true comedy genius, her work was equally funny & touching. https://t.co/JwSULy25f7
— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) July 2, 2016