TV presenter Aideen Kennedy has died aged 43.
The popular Irish journalist, best known for her time at UTV, passed away following a terminal illness – just days after asking her fans to "say prayers for me".
Aideen told her 16,600 Twitter followers on Tuesday that she had been unwell in hospital.
Sharing photos of her receiving a blood transfusion, she wrote: "Day 19 in hospital – say a wee prayer for me. Bleeding in stomach."
Then three days later, she revealed she was "going home to die" as the treatment had not gone as hoped.
"So life has not gone well and I am as sick as I was as when I went in to hospital so essentially going home to die but getting palliative care," she added.
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"The kids know. If you ever come across them, will you an eye out for them, they are the kindest, sweetest most thoughtful kiddies."
Exactly what Aideen was suffering from has not been disclosed.
She was flooded with messages from well-wishers after making the announcement, and tributes have poured in since her death.
Her former UTV colleague Rita Fitzgerald said: "Darling Aideen, I’m so desperately sorry to hear this. My heart is breaking for you."
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Close pal Emma Little-Pengally, who confirmed Aideen's death last night, wrote: "Absolutely devastated. My beautiful, funny, kind friend Aideen has passed away.
"I will miss her terribly. We met 22 years ago when we shared a room for the summer in DC and became firm friends.
"Goodbye beautiful girl."
She later added: "Our time here on earth is done. I grieve for that.
"No more pain, or illness for you now. No more sorrow or trauma.
"The most beautiful, kind soul that life gave me the privilege of knowing. Our walks and talks, craic and fun.
"I hope we will meet again. Goodbye my friend."
Absolutely devastated. My beautiful, funny, kind friend Aideen has passed away.
And Ken Reid, former political editor at UTV, tweeted: "Tonight the thought Aideen is no longer with us is just heart breaking.
"A decent soul who suffered too much. The news has stunned many of us.
"We all need to take care. God bless her. RIP."
In 2018, Aideen told how her parents had already lost three of their four children.
She told the Belfast Telegraph that her brother Dara, 35, died after a brain tumour in 2016, and her sister Fiona, 44, passed the same year following a battle with cancer.
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Her other brother Rory was killed in a road accident aged one.
Aideen is survived by her children Jacob and Eva, and her parents Noel and Maura.
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