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'Absolutely Fabulous' Star Dame June Whitfield Dies

Dame June Whitfield has passed away aged 93.

June’s agent confirmed that Whitfield had passed away peacefully on Friday night.

Her former Absolutely Fabulous co-stars lead the tributes to the actor, who played Edina's mum -- simply referred to as 'Mother' in the hit series.

Joanna Lumley, who starred as Patsy in the BBC comedy, told ITV News: “I am heartbroken to lose such a darling friend and shall never forget her sensational talent, humour and her generosity to us all who had the joy of working with her on Ab Fab. She will always have a most special place in my heart.”

Actress Julia Sawalha, who played Dame June's straight-laced granddaughter Saffy, posted her own tribute to her on-screen gran, saying, "Thank you Dame June Whitfield, for teaching me my craft with such grace and dignity. I always wanted you to know how in awe of you I was, however, you were always far too humble to accept my adoration. You were a great source of inspiration to me. Bye-bye Gran."

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Her co-star's tributes were followed by a wave of messages from fans and celebs alike, including Spice Girl Emma Bunton.

Dame June enjoyed a career which began in the 1940s and included roles in the 'Carry On' films and the long-running sitcom Terry And June.

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