Australian actress Cornelia Frances, best known for her appearance in Home and Away, has died at the age of 77 following a battle with cancer, local media have confirmed.
Cornelia, who was born in the United Kingdom but later emigrated to Australia in 1970, died overnight at her Sydney home, surrounded by her friends and family members, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Cornelia's death was announced on Tuesday, May 29 on Home and Away's local broadcaster, Seven Network.
On Monday her son, Lawrence Eastland, shared a photo of his mother in which the late actress can be seen sleeping.
A very personal photo of my mum during one of her resting moments, she is so peaceful, soft and serene. I truly love this woman.
Check out the post.
The veteran actress had given many iconic roles on Australia's screen, including her role as Morgan Home and Away. She also hosted the local version of the game show, The Weakest Link.
The late actress had been suffering from a series of health struggles after being diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2017.
She said at the time,
I’m feeling fine, albeit what’s inside me. The pain comes and goes but you accept that, it’s par for the course.
She said she had hoped to reprise the role for Home and Away’s 30th anniversary in 2018.
Her co-stars and other Australian celebrities, including Lincoln Younes and Joel Creasey have paid tribute via Twitter.
Check out a couple of the tweets.
Vale #CorneliaFrances. You were always ahead of the game. Will miss your witty banter on-set X
— Lincoln Younes (@lincolnyounes1) May 29, 2018
I met Cornelia Frances when I was 11. I was pretty terrified but she could not have been sweeter and I have always remembered that. Sad day.
— Joel Creasey (@joelcreasey) May 29, 2018
Rest in Peace Cornelia.