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Bernie Nolan passes away after battle with breast cancer

Singer, actress Bernie Nolan has died at age 52, after losing her battle with breast cancer.

The former lead singer of The Nolans and television actress was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and was given the all-clear following chemotherapy and a mastectomy in 2012, however months later it was discovered that the cancer had spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones.

The Nolan sisters' father Tommy died of liver cancer in 1998. Anne Nolan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, as was Linda in 2006.

Nolan wrote about her battle with cancer in her autobiography ‘Now and Forever’ that was published last May and topped the bestsellers chart, and the touching story was also serialised in the Sunday Mirror.

A spokeswoman for the family said: "Bernie passed away peacefully this morning with all of her family around her. The entire family are devastated to have lost beloved Bernie, a wonderful wife, adoring mother and loving sister; she is irreplaceable. They kindly ask people to respect their privacy at this difficult time."

Nolan shot to stardom with her singing sisters during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, performing hit songs like The Mood For Dancing, Don't Make Waves, Attention To Me and Gotta Pull Myself Together.

She left the group in 1994 to pursue a solocareer, and took to the stage performing in productions like Blood Brothers, Flashdance and Chicago and then turned to television where she played hairdresser Diane Murray in Brookside and Sergeant Sheelagh Murphy ITV's police drama, The Bill, and later took part in Channel 4 series The Games and ITV’s Popstar To Operastar.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Campaign said: “We are very saddened to hear the news of the death of Bernie Nolan today. She’s been an inspiration to so many women across the country and our thoughts at this difficult time are with her friends and family.This is a reminder of the devastating effect breast cancer can have and the need for more to be done to beat this disease.”

Nolan leaves behind husband Steve Doneathy and daughter Erin, 14.

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