Legendary comedian Victoria Wood passed away at her home in London on April 20 after what her family described as a “short battle” with cancer. She was 62 years old. Her publicist Neil Reading said in a statement:
Victoria Wood has sadly passed away, after a short but brave battle with cancer.
The multi-Bafta award-winning writer, director, actor and comedian died peacefully at her north London home with family this morning. She was 62.
The family ask for privacy at this very sad time.
The sad press release did not specify what type of cancer Wood suffered from. She had previously participated in Moonwalks, a British charity walk that raise money for breast cancer research.
In typical Wood fashion, she joked when she was asked about breast cancer in a 2003 Daily Telegraph interview, saying:
I’ve never had a scare, but I did once have a scan and the woman said: ‘There’s something nasty on this I don’t like the look of.’
Then she said, ‘Oh no, it’s your nipple.’ You’d have thought she had seen nipples before.
Wood also strived to create awareness for heart disease in women during her career. She appeared in ads in 2010 that stressed that women in the UK were three times more likely to die from heart disease rather than breast cancer.