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Denise Robertson loses cancer battle

This Morning's agony aunt Denise Robertson has passed away at the age of 83.

British broadcaster Denise Robertson has died, aged 83.

Denise, who is best known as an agony aunt on Britain's This Morning TV show, has passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

A statement on the show's Twitter page reads, "Such sad news- our friend and colleague Denise Robertson has lost her short but determined battle against cancer."

Denise revealed her cancer battle in February (16) to explain her absence from the show by issuing a statement which was read out by host Ruth Langsford on air.

"It has come as a surprise to me and my family but we know that many others have suffered and dealt with this condition and I don't plan to give up without a fight," she informed viewers. "My doctor is referring me for chemotherapy and hopefully that will start soon..

"I'd like to thank all the lovely viewers of This Morning who have been concerned about my health recently and I hope I'll be back on the sofa soon."

Denise had worked on the show since 1988 and This Morning executives are planning a special tribute programme.

Host Phillip Schofield posted a picture on Twitter of him and Denise in a dressing room and wrote, "I'm heartbroken at the passing of our @itvthismorning icon Denise Robertson. Kind, thoughtful, caring & wonderful."

Denise briefly had her own agony aunt show Dear Denise in 2000, and was made an Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2006 for her services to broadcasting and charity.

She is survived by her husband Bryan Thubron, and her only son Mark Alexander Robertson.

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