, the real-life East-Ender who became a national treasure during a showbiz career spanning more than 60 years, died last after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 83.

The actress's husband Mitchell announced the news early today, saying his ‘best friend and soul mate' passed away peacefully in a care home at 8.35pm.

He said his wife's final weeks were ‘typical of how she lived her life' and ‘full of humour, and a fighting spirit until the end'.

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