Lynda Bellingham Dies At 66 From Cancer, Wanted To 'Limit The Suffering'

Actress Lynda Bellingham died at the age of 66 on Sunday in London.

According to Hollywood Life, Lynda Bellingham ended her longtime battle with cancer in the arms of her husband, Michael Pattermore.

The Loose Women panelist and actress was first diagnosed with colon cancer in July 2013. Over time, the disease progressively spread to her liver and lungs.

In order to "limit the suffering her family would have to endure," according to the Standard, Lynda Bellingham made the decision back in August of this year to stop receiving cancer treatments.

According to a report released by Daily Record last month, Lynda Bellingham wanted to be able to spend "one last Christmas" with her family before saying goodbye to them one last time. Sadly, Lynda did not make it.

Lynda's agent, Sue Latimer, confirmed her passing in an official statement on behalf of the family.

"Lynda died peacefully in her husband's arms yesterday at a London hospital. Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff for their tremendous care and support. Actor, writer and presenter — to the end Lynda was a consummate professional."

Lynda Bellingham was adopted by Donald and Ruth Bellingham in 1948 when she was only four months old. Her biological mother was despised by her strict, religious family for having a child out of wedlock. In the 1970s, Bellingham made her acting debut by starring as a nurse on the UK afternoon soap opera, General Hospital.

Bellingham was most recently known for working on the ITV daytime talk show Loose Women as a panelist from 2007 to 2011.

However, as an actress, many Doctor Who fans remember her role as the Inquisitor in the 14-part serial The Trial of a Time Lord

Lynda Bellingham was also featured in the seventh season of Strictly Come Dancing, the original version of the hit TV series Dancing with the Stars.

Nine years ago, Lynda Bellingham lost her sister, Barbara, to lung cancer at the age of 56, according to Daily Record.

Lynda Bellingham will be remembered and missed by her husband and two children as well as her family, friends, and fans around the world.

[Image Credit: Independent and Daily Record]