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Bernie Nolan passes away 'peacefully' after long battle with cancer

The singer and actress was first diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago but the disease spread to her bones and organs last year.

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SINGER AND ACTRESS Bernie Nolan has died today aged 52 after a three-year battle with cancer.

Nolan was first diagnosed with with the illness in 2010 but after a mastectomy in 2012 and chemotherapy, she had been given the all clear. However last year  she was told that the cancer had spread to her bones, brain, lungs and liver.

At the time, the mother of one vowed to remain positive despite the fact that she was told that her illness was incurable.

Best known as lead vocalist on many of the Nolan Sisters’ recordings, the youngest of the five sisters also stared in popular soap opera Brookside as well as the long running police drama The Bill.

More recently, the entertainer took the the stage for a number of popular pantos in the UK.

A spokesperson for the Nolan family said she “passed away peacefully” this morning with her family all around her.

“The family are devastated to have lost beloved Bernie, a wonderful wife, adoring mother and loving sister, she is irreplaceable,” they said.

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