24 December 2020 18:45
We send sympathy and love to her family and friends. pic.twitter.com/tB60WiVuzM Get the latest on Covid-19, the news in your area and more in the free LancsLive newsletter Sign me up now Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Lancashire actress Kay Purcell has died at the age of 57. The Emmerdale and Tracy Beaker star, from Leyland, had been battling liver cancer - but had hoped to survive for two years so she could spend time with her family. Her death has been confirmed by her agent, David Daly Associates, today. Prior to this she had appeared as a different recurring character named Carmel Morgan in both 1996 and 1998.
The actress also went on to star as Gina Conway in children's show Tracy Beaker Returns and spin-off series The Dumping Ground. Kay leaves behind her three children, Ashley, Shemar and Indika, and her "beautiful" grandson Levon, reports The Mirror. (Image: BBC) She wrote: "Over the last couple of months, I have been feeling unwell, I had put this down to my stomach ulcer," she wrote. "But with treatment, I have up to two years left to enjoy my time with my family and friends." Kay expressed her wish to enjoy "one more glass of rum" and live life to the fullest. To keep updated, follow LancsLive on Facebook and @LiveLancs on Twitter.
The tragic death of the Emmerdale and Tracey Beaker star was confirmed by her agent, David Daly Associates. "It is with great regret that we announce the death of Kay Purcell at the age of 57. Kay was a very valued client who had been represented by David Daly Associates for many years. We send sympathy and love to her family and friends" they wrote. Sign up for our What's On newsletter Get the latest What's On news from YorkshireLive direct to your inbox with our newsletter. We send out daily newsletters with the best news and features so you don't miss a thing - enter your email address here to sign up. And download our YorkshireLive app which is completely customisable so you can choose the news that matters to you! Kay is survived by her three children, Ashley, Shemar and Indika, and her grandson Levon. Our colleagues at The Mirror report, the actress, also went on to star as Gina Conway in children's show Tracy Beaker Returns and spin-off series The Dumping Ground. She also featured in Waterloo Road as dinnerlady Candice Smilie. In a post on a Facebook page, she told fans on December 5 that she had been diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer. She wrote that she hoped to survive for two more years with treatment. "Over the last couple of months, I have been feeling unwell, I had put this down to my stomach ulcer," she wrote. "This was up until a couple of weeks ago I found myself in agony and could no longer deal with the pain. Consequently, I have been diagnosed with inoperable cancer to the liver." Our thoughts are with Kay's family and friends.