Her death comes just 10 days after her memoir There’s Something I’ve Been Dying To Tell You was published. In it, she wrote that she was planning to end her treatment in November and “would love to make one more Christmas, if possible”. She also wrote that the chemotherapy was so strong her body was “protesting”, and she was in pain and discomfort.
In a statement on behalf of Bellingham’s family, Mrs Latimer said:
“Lynda died peacefully in her husband’s arms yesterday at a London hospital. Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff for their tremendous care and support. Actor, writer and presenter – to the end Lynda was a consummate professional.”
Bellingham was also known for shows such as All Creatures Great and Small and in recent years was on the panel of ITV’s Loose Women.
Bellingham was married three times, first in 1975 to film and theatre producer Greg Smith, best remembered for the Confessions films of which Confessions of a Window Cleaner was the first. Her second marriage (1981–1996) was to Nunzio Peluso with whom she had two sons, Michael and Robbie. On 31 May 2008, she married her boyfriend, Spain-based mortgage broker Michael Pattemore (known on Loose Women as “Mr Spain”), at St Stephen Walbrook on her 60th birthday.
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for voluntary service to charitable giving. Her sister Barbara died of lung cancer in 2005, aged 56.
n 16 July 2013, it was announced that Bellingham had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. She released a statement saying that she was “not going to die.”
In September 2014, Bellingham confirmed that her cancer had metastasized to her lungs and liver, and that she had “months to live”. She announced that she had made the choice in August 2014 to stop her chemotherapy in November, so that she could have “one last Christmas” with her family and die in January 2015. However, she died on 19 October 2014, in a London hospital. A few weeks before her death, her website was taken down, with the message: “We’re very sorry, at the request of Lynda and Michael we have temporarily taken the website offline.”