Stars have paid tribute to Bernie Nolan who passed away on 4 July after losing her battle with breast cancer, aged 52.
The much-loved entertained passed away peacefully surrounded by her family.
Celebrities took to Twitter to pay tribute to the Dublin-born performer whose family band, The Nolans, had hits including I’m In The Mood For Dancing.
Leading the tributes was Daybreak host Lorraine Kelly. She had interviewed mum-of-one Bernie on numerous occasions. “Bernie Nolan was a very special woman. Brave, funny and hugely talented. She will be sorely missed. Thoughts with her family and friends.”
Philip Schofield was one of the first to tweet his condolences. “Just heard the very sad news that gorgeous, courageous and inspirational Bernie Nolan has died,” he wrote. “Big love to @NolanColeen & all the family x”
TV presenter Kate Thornton also reached out to Coleen, one of Bernie’s four sisters. “Devastated to hear about the sad passing of Bernie Nolan. She was beautiful and inspiring. Thoughts with @NolanColeen and all her family x”
Heartbeat actress Tricia Penrose wrote a touching tweet. “RIP my lovely friend Bernie Nolan. Such sad news, thoughts go out to her family & friends, no longer in pain and in the arms of the Angels x”
Brooke Kinsella wrote, “Thinking of @NolanColeen, @shanerichiejnr and family at this very sad time. Lots of love and strength xxx #BernieNolan”
The X Factor’s Rylan Clark said, “Such sad news about Bernie Nolan. Thoughts are with all her family x RIP Bernie xxxxx”
The Bill’s Gary Lucy wrote, “RIP Bernie Nolan our thoughts are with her family xxx”
Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley tweeted, “RIP Bernie Nolan. Such a pure heart. Such talent. Deepest Sympathies to your family xxxx”
Just heard the sad news about Bernie Nolan. I was so lucky to have known her and worked with her. She was a beautiful lady. God bless xxx”
Former Hear Say star Kym Lomas wrote, “Just heard the sad news about Bernie Nolan. I was so lucky to have known her and worked with her. She was a beautiful lady. God bless xxx”
Away from Twitter, Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said, “We’re deeply saddened by the news that our wonderful supporter Bernie Nolan has passed away.
“Bernie was a truly inspirational woman who became a part of the Breakthrough family after her first breast cancer diagnosis in 2010. We were devastated to hear that her breast cancer had returned in 2012.
“Her spirit and determination to try and fight the disease spurred us all on and will continue to do so. Our thoughts are with Bernie’s husband, daughter, family and friends at this time.”
A statement from the Nolans’ spokesman 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.”