Tributes have been flooding in following the death of Wendy Richard.

The former EastEnders star died on Thursday morning after a battle with cancer.

Minder star Shane Richie, who worked alongside Wendy on EastEnders playing Alfie Moon until 2005, said he was, ‘absolutely devastated’ by news of her death.

He said: “I send all my love to John and her immediate family.”

Presenter Dale Winton has known Wendy for many years. He said: “I knew her as a family friend first since I was a little boy and worked with her many times.

“I’m very saddened to hear the news, she was a real fighter and actually a very kind and funny lady in her own right. My thoughts are with her family, she will be missed.”

Tributes were paid to Wendy at a service to remember former managing director of television at the BBC, Sir Bill Cotton.

Veteran actress, June Whitfield, said of Wendy: “She was always delightful. I’m very, very sorry. I did not work with Wendy. We met at dos. It’s very sad.”

Wendy’s friend and fellow broadcaster Esther Rantzen said the star would be sadly missed.

“She was courageous, honest, a brilliant talent and she will be greatly missed,” she said. “She was a woman of huge integrity, a terrific, terrific lady. She will be missed by a huge number of fans because she has given us so much pleasure over many years.”

Singer Lulu also said she was sad to learn of the news. “I don’t like to hear about people going, but if there can be a tribute to her life it is that she did great work,” she said.

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