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Ex-Casualty star Gibbs dies aged 41


Rebekah Gibbs was in Casualty for two years

Rebekah Gibbs was in Casualty for two years

Rebekah Gibbs was in Casualty for two years

Former Casualty star Rebekah Gibbs has died at the age of 41, following a battle with cancer.

The Devon-born actress played the role of feisty paramedic Nina Farr between 2004 and 2006 in the BBC medical drama.

Her agent Belfield And Ward confirmed the news, writing on Twitter: "Darling Rebekah Gibbs - a true inspiration and dazzling light - never to be forgotten."

The actress had told how she was only weeks away from giving birth when she first noticed a lump in her breast.

After having her baby daughter, Gigi, in 2008 she was told that she had a particularly aggressive cancer.

In 2010 she celebrated her second year clear of the disease, telling the BBC: "You don't get a band waiting for you at the hospital doors, but it is a 'wow I have done my two years'.

"I won't get cocky though and I take each day as it comes. I am always a little unsure about the future."

But after more than five years' all clear, Gibbs suffered a huge seizure while on holiday this summer with her family in Devon and was diagnosed with two brain tumours, as well as one in her neck and a lesion on her lung.

The actress, who had left Casualty to start a family, also appeared in The Bill and enjoyed several stage roles .

James Redmond, who starred with Gibbs in the medical drama, tweeted: "So sad to hear lovely Rebekah Gibbs has passed away. She lit up every room with her smile and positivity. R.I.P."

Coronation Street actress Hayley Tamaddon tweeted: "Sad day. My dear friend passed away today. A true star, always smiling and so positive. Never to be forgotten.

"So many memories.. We will never forget you Becky. Keep twinkling. Wherever you are."