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VIDEO: Cornwall Pays Tribute To Lynda Bellingham

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3:29pm 20th October 2014
(Updated 3:29pm 20th October 2014)

Actress Lynda Bellingham, best known for playing the mother in the Oxo television adverts, has died.

Bellingham died "peacefully in her husband's arms" at a London hospital, her agent said.

The 66-year-old had colon cancer and last month said she would end life-extending chemotherapy treatment.

The actress said she wanted to spend one last Christmas with her family after the disease had spread to her lungs and liver.

On Pirate FM's Facebook page, tributes have flooded in. Joy wrote: "So sad she didn't get to spend Christmas with her family. RIP Linda X"

Zoe says her role in the well known adverts made her an "icon from my childhood."

Tim from Bude added: "A lovely lovely lady - the end of an era."

Her role as the mother in a squabbling family in the Oxo television adverts made her familiar to millions in the 1980s.

Career highlights also included TV series All Creatures Great And Small, sitcom Faith In The Future, competing in Strictly Come Dancing, and starring in the stage production of Calendar Girls.

In her autobiography, the actress described her decision to end her cancer treatment.

"I sat down with (husband) Michael and Professor Stebbing and announced: 'The time has come to cease and desist.

"'I would love to make one more Christmas, if possible, but I want to stop taking chemo around November in order to pass away by the end of January'."

Speaking on Loose Women, she told viewers: "Grasp it all, don't be afraid, enjoy the bits you can and tell your family you love them while you have the chance."

Her last appearance on the panel show will go out on Wednesday.

Earlier this year, Bellingham also picked up an OBE from Buckingham Palace in recognition for her 40-year career.

Her agent, Sue Latimer, said the actress's family wanted to thank nurses "for their tremendous care and support".

Lynda visited the Duchy when filming the TV series 'My Tasty Travels' two years ago, and even tried making a pasty.

One of the places she visited was Tregothnan Estate in Tresillian.

Spokesperson Jonathon Jones said: "Lynda was such a warm person and the whole team at Tregothnan enjoyed meeting her, she had such a personality, she wanted to find out about tea and so in fact we actually make a tribute blend to her called the Bellingham Brew and we still actually make that ourselves and it is something we will always remember her for."

She also went to the Seal Sanctuary in Gweek.

Spokeswoman Georgina said: "Everyone here was so sad when we heard the news because it is a bit more personal to us because we all met her and she is so lovely."

"When she was here at the sanctuary she seemed really lovely and down to earth, she took part in feeding the seals and had a guided tour."

Bellingham married three times and has two sons.

Watch the final Oxo family advert here...

3:29pm 20th October 2014

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