Former EastEnders star Michelle Collins has revealed that her mum has died following a battle with cancer.
The actress – who portrayed Cindy Beale in the BBC One soap – told her followers that she’s ‘devastated.’
‘My beautiful Mummy passed away on Friday 30th April,’ she wrote on Instagram.
‘We are all devastated. She leaves behind her partner Sid , daughters Vicky and myself , 3 grandchildren Charlotte, Jack and Maia and her nephews and nieces whom she loved very much and her little dog #nano from @alldogsmatter.
‘She was the strongest, kindest woman I knew. Fierce, protective, passionate, clever, funny, articulate . She gave Vicky and I our #drive and #hunger for life.
‘She was diagnosed with terminal cancer a couple of years ago but had @immunotherapyforcancer treatment which gave her a couple more years.
‘Thank you @royalfreelondonnhs#oncology dept for always being so amazing in caring for her .and #thewhittingtonhospital for caring for her at the end also The wonderful 2 #paramedics (one was called Jack) who cared for her in the morning.
‘You were always be with us mummy . I love you xxx’
Michelle joined EastEnders in 1988 as Cindy, who is remembered not only for her marriage to Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), but also for her affair with Simon ‘Wicksy’ Wicks (Nick Berry).
The star departed the serial drama in the early ’90s, but later returned, before making her final appearance in 1998.
She later appeared in Coronation Street as Stella Price.
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