Comedian and writer Caroline Aherne dies at 52

Comedian and writer Caroline Aherne has died at the age of 52 at her home in Timperley, Greater Manchester.

Caroline started her media career on radio, having first worked on reception at Piccadilly Radio in Manchester where she would go on-air with Frank Sidebottom developing her Mrs Merton character.

She later worked with Martin Kelner on his BBC radio shows, and went on to find fame with Granada Television before moving on to programmes such as The Fast Show and The Royale Family.

Since 2013, Caroline narrated the Channel 4 programme Gogglebox and the four-part series Pound Shop Wars, which aired on BBC One.

In April 2016 it was reported that Caroline was battling throat cancer.

Caroline’s publicist Neil Reading said: “Caroline Aherne has sadly passed away, after a brave battle with cancer. The BAFTA award-winning writer and comedy actor died earlier today at her home in Timperley, Greater Manchester. The family ask for privacy at this very sad time.”

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