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Last goodbye from 'Allo 'Allo star after battle with cancer.

Carmen Silvera (left), one of the stars of 'Allo 'Allo, has died following a battle with lung cancer, her agent said yesterday.

Silvera, who played Rene Artois' longsuffering wife Edith in the hit wartime sitcom, died on Saturday afternoon, aged 80.

Her agent and friend of 25 years Barry Burnett said: 'Carmen was diagnosed with lung cancer in April.

'She passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon in the actors' retirement home Denville Hall, in Northwood, west London.

'She celebrated her 80th birthday in June with friends and family and was cheerful right to the end.

'She said she had a very happy life, some wonderful holidays, and wonderful success in her career.'

Actor Gorden Kaye, who played her reluctant Resistance member husband in 'Allo 'Allo, saw Silvera just days before she passed away.

He said: 'Carmen was a lovely lady. She was ditsy - she always left her spectacles all over the place - she was clumsy - you had to be careful not to sit next to her during a black tie dinner - she was fun and she had a wicked sense of humour. She was a delightful lady.'

Doctors had told her she only had three months to live.

Kaye said: 'I spoke to her on her birthday and she was bright as a button. 'We held hope that the doctors had got it wrong and in five years time we would say 'in 2002 they said you only had three months to live', but sadly it was not to be.

'We expected this, but not quite so soon. It's going to be a difficult time ahead. She was a good friend.'

The actor said he would be donating a rose tree to the crematorium in her memory. When Silvera, who was a smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital she said she would fight the disease, without chemo or radiotherapy.

The Canadian-born actress, who moved to Coventry with her family when she was a child, was best known for 'Allo 'Allo but was still working last year when she toured the country with the comedy You Only Live Twice. Actor Brian Murphy, who worked alongside Silvera in the comedy tour, said: 'Working with her was an absolute joy.

'She was the most generous, loving actor to work with.'

One of Silvera's best friend, Linda Regan, who is Brian Murphy's wife, said: 'She was one of the most generous, wonderful friends and a great Lady Ratling,' in reference to her work for the Grand Order of Lady Ratlings, a charity run by women in showbusiness.
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