Lynda Bellingham passes away 'in her husband's arms' after cancer battle

Lynda Bellingham has passed away at the age of 66, her agent has confirmed. The TV star died on Sunday "in her husband's arms" after losing her battle with cancer.

The sad news comes days after Lynda filmed her final farewell episode for Loose Women, which will air on Wednesday. She received a standing ovation from the audience as she walked out for the ITV show.

Lynda Bellingham has died at the age of 66

Lynda had been battling bowel cancer, and spoke about her brave decision over the summer to stop her chemotherapy treatment – one year after her initial diagnosis. Her husband Michael was sat in the audience, and was visibly moved by his wife's bravery.

The actress decided to end her treatment in August to limit her family's suffering, after the disease spread to her lungs and her liver.

She had hoped to spend one last Christmas with her loved ones.

The TV star passed away in the arms of her husband Michael

In a statement on behalf of Lynda’s family, her agent Sue Latimer said, "Lynda died peacefully in her husband's arms yesterday at a London hospital.

"Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff for their tremendous care and support.

"Actor, writer and presenter – to the end Lynda was a consummate professional."