BRITISH comedy star Bella Emberg, who was best known for her role as Blunderwoman, has died at the age of 80.
The actress shot to fame alongside Russ Abbot in the 1980s, playing the comic sidekick to his hapless superhero Cooperman.
She also appeared on The Benny Hill Show, Doctor Who, the Lily Savage Show and Z Cars.
Her agent confirmed her to death to the BBC tonight, adding that she would be "greatly missed".
Celebrity tributes poured in tonight from fellow comedians, who described Emberg as a "truly gentle soul".
Friend and pianist Bobby Crush said: "Such sad news ... my wonderful friend Bella Emberg has passed away.
"We’ve been chums since appearing together in a Summer show with Russ Abbot at the Princess Theatre, Torquay in 1981.
"A genuinely nice woman and despite her fierce on-stage characterisations, a truly gentle soul."
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Comedian Paul Chuckle tweeted: "Just heard. RIP the lovely Bella Emberg. Funniest fairy ever with us @SheffieldLyceum Will miss you."
Les Dennis said: "So sad to lose the lovely Bella Emberg. A funny, lovely friend. Thoughts and love with Rosemary. Goodnight Sweetheart."
Emberg had just completed filming on new Sky One comedy In the Long Run, created by Idris Elba, and due to be released later this year.
Russ Abbot and Bella Emberg as Cooperman and Blunderwoman from Russ Abbot's Madhouse
Such sad news ... my wonderful friend Bella Emberg has passed away. We’ve been chums since appearing together in a Summer show with Russ Abbot at the Princess Theatre, Torquay in 1981. A genuinely nice woman and despite her fierce on-stage characterisations, a truly gentle soul.— Bobby Crush (@theBobbyCrush) January 12, 2018
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