Victoria Wood Dies Aged 62

The British comic lost a short battle with cancer
Wednesday , 20 April 2016
Victoria Wood Dies Aged 62
Comic Genius: Victoria Wood has died

British comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62.

The funnywoman died peacefully at her London home on Wednesday after a "short" battle with cancer.

"Victoria Wood has sadly passed away, after a short but brave battle with cancer, a statement issued by the star's publicist said.

"The multi BAFTA award-winning writer, director, actor and comedian died peacefully at her North London home with family this morning. She was 62. The family ask for privacy at this very sad time."

Victoria started her career on UK TV talent show New Faces in 1973, with her comedy sketch shows becoming a popular fixture on British television in the 1980s.

She was also renowned as the writer and star of a number of sit-coms including Acorn Antiques, which debuted in 1985 and followed a female run antiques shop and Dinnerladies, a comedy about canteen staff which ran from 1998 to 2000. She retired from TV performing in 2010.

Victoria won four British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards throughout the course of her career and was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997 and became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008.

She separated from husband Geoffrey Durham aka magician the Great Soprendo in 2002 and is survived by their children Grace and Henry. 

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