An actress who has battled breast cancer for four years has finally succumbed to the disease.
Twitter is awash with tributes to the Casualty star Rebekah Gibbs, who was diagnosed with grade three breast cancer in 2008 not long after giving birth to her daughter Gigi.
The actress was 41 when she died; her theatre credits include Fame, Grease and Starlight Express. On television she rose to fame on The Bill, but is as stroppy nurse Nina Farr on the BBC medical drama series Casualty, that she is perhaps best known.
Just ten weeks after her daughter Gigi was born, Rebekah was diagnosed with the breast cancer that would kill her, despite her receiving the all-clear at one point. Not long after her diagnosis she said:
“After a week and a half of being prodded and poked, I’d been given the most horrendous news. At the age of 35, I had an aggressive form of breast cancer: grade three.”
After treatment, Rebekah went on to beat the disease and was given the five-year all clear earlier this year. However, the cancer had not been completely eradicated and came back with a vengeance.
Speaking in April, Rebekah said: “I was in Devon with my family when I had a huge seizure. Within an hour I was in A&E. I was quickly diagnosed with two brain tumours, plus one in the neck and a lesion on my lung. I was emotionally and physically low. The cyberknife [a non-invasive form of radiosurgey done robotically] was a very big treatment and as a reaction I had another seizure … I couldn’t stand up properly or walk up the stairs because I was so unsteady. I was scared and very worried about my future.”
Fans and fellow actors have been using Twitter to pay their respects and share their memories. A friend of Rebekah, Corrie actress Hayley Tamaddon, tweeted: “So many memories… We will never forget you Becky. Keep twinkling. Wherever you are.”