Caroline Aherne dead: Comedian's celebrity friends plan Royle send-off for her memorial

Noel Gallagher

Our thoughts and hearts are with Caroline Aherne's family during this hard time.

The sad news that comedy legend Caroline Aherne died aged 52 broke yesterday.

Aherne, who died on July the 2nd, told her loved ones in May that she was dying of lung cancer.

Ricky Tomlinson, who played her father in the hit BBC sitcom, led the online tributes describing her as a "kind, funny, witty" person, who never complained about the hand she had been dealt.

"What a wonderful talent she was".

“I know Caroline would want everybody to be happy and not sad and I think we should now remember the comedy legacy that she has left for us. We lost one of the good ones", he added.

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Tomlinson ended: 'Her death is the biggest shock in the world.

Line Of Duty actor Daniel Mays said he was a "huge fan" and continued: "Absolute comedy genius and master of her craft".

"She was handsome, funny, fragile and sweet whenever I met her".

Coogan praised Caroline's ability to make fun of people in an endearing manner and shared a wickedly entertaining joke that she would say to him: "How many Steve Coogans does it take to change a lightbulb?"


While parlaying that fame into improvised interviews on "The Mrs. Merton Show", Aherne also worked as a writer and troupe member on the sketch comedy "Fast Show".