17 October 2019 20:51
LEAH Bracknell's family have suffered a huge loss after the Emmerdale actress passed away following a battle with lung cancer. But who are the loved ones she has left behind? We take a look... 3 Leah Bracknell was married to author Jez Hughes Credit: Gofundme Who is Leah Bracknell's husband? The actress was married to 44-year-old author Jez Hughes.
Leah - known as Ali to her family - wed her long-term partner in 2017, six months after learning her cancer was incurable and inoperable. They were married in a small and intimate civil ceremony in Horsham, West Sussex, on March 10 2017 after being together for 13 years. Speaking about Jez, Leah had previously said: "My husband is like my rock. "He is by my side a lot of the time. He has been a great sounding board. "I think we support each other as well. My family do OK. I'm not positive all the time, but I am optimistic." 3 The pair wed in 2017 after being together for 13 years Credit: Facebook Does Leah have any children? Lean also leaves behind her two daughters Lily and Maya Watson. Both women are in their early 20s and their father is Leah's former partner. Speaking about dying before her children, Leah said in her blog in 2018: "As a parent, one's fears of dying multiplies. Actually, I don't know if that really is the case, but it's the only perspective I have." However she struck a more positive note, adding that she's grateful her children are now adults: "They are on their way, they have weathered the storms of childhood and adolescence and beginning to carve out lives independent from parental influence." 3 Leah's last ever picture on Instagram Credit: Instagram What have her family said about her death? In a statement released on October 16, 2019 Leah's family said: "It is with the deepest sadness that Leah Bracknell's family confirm that Leah passed away in September, three years after her diagnosis with stage 4 lung cancer. "They would like to thank all the public for their support and generosity which contributed to the extension and quality of her life over the past three years. "Leah continued to embrace life and faced her illness with positivity. Many aspects of her journey can be found on her blog. "Leah was best known and much loved as Zoe Tate in Emmerdale. "She also had roles in Judge John Deed, A Touch of Frost, The Royal Today and DCI Banks to name just a few, as well as numerous appearances on stage and in pantomime. More on Leah Barcknell leah's legacy Emmerdale fans in tears as ITV soap pays touching tribute to Leah Bracknell SOAP VETERAN How Leah Bracknell made soap history with mental health & LGBT storylines 'CAN'T HAVE HELPED' Leah blamed smoking for cancer despite docs saying it DIDN'T cause it 'TRUE ANGEL' Emmerdale cast united in grief after death of actress Leah Bracknell aged 55 DOWN ON THE DALES Who did Leah Bracknell play in Emmerdale? REMEMBERING LEAH Leah Bracknell's lost her battle with cancer - here's a look over her life SOAP STAR DEATH Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell dead aged 55 after lung cancer battle 'LIFE TASTES SWEET' Leah Bracknell's final selfie & Emmerdale throwback in last Insta snaps ARE YOU AT RISK? The 8 signs of lung cancer to never ignore after Emmerdale star's death When did Leah die? Leah Bracknell passed away in September 2019, three years after battling lung cancer. After she was diagnosed, fans helped her to raise more than £50,000 to undergo groundbreaking treatment in Germany. She started taking new medication, but later revealed that it had failed.