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Maddy Anholt dead: TV star passes away following rare brain cancer battle months after daughter’s birth

TV star Maddy Anholt has passed away after suffering from a rare form of brain cancer  (GoFundMe)
TV star Maddy Anholt has passed away after suffering from a rare form of brain cancer (GoFundMe)

Charity campaigner, writer and TV star Maddy Anholt has died aged 35 following a battle with a rare brain cancer.

The family of Anholt, who had been diagnosed with the disease after giving birth to her daughter, confirmed her passing on Wednesday night (September 13) in a GoFundMe post.

They wrote: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the death of Maddy Anholt, our beloved daughter, sister, twin, friend, wife and mother, who left this world on Wednesday 13th September, aged 35.

“You may know that shortly after the birth of her incredible daughter Opal last year, Maddy was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.

The comedian’s family confirmed her passing on Wednesday (September 13) (Instagram)
The comedian’s family confirmed her passing on Wednesday (September 13) (Instagram)

“She handled the ensuing surgery and treatment with astonishing grace and courage, accompanied every step of the way by her family and devoted husband, Ben,” they continued.

“She spent her final weeks at her parents’ home, Sunflower House, bathed in love and calm, and with the sounds of nature all around.

Adding: “We are overwhelmed with gratitude to the many friends who have upheld us with their love and prayers during this difficult time – as well as the countless nurses, doctors and the NHS as a whole, who treated her with unfailing dignity and compassion.

“In particular we would like to thank the magnificent team at Seaton Hospice at Home, who are the embodiment of empathy, professionalism and love.”

Her family is inviting anyone touched by her story to make a donation to Women’s Aid, which Anholt was an ambassador for.

Anholt starred in several BBC, ITV and Channel 4 sitcoms, including The Emily Atack Show in 2020, the BBC Three sitcom Jerk with Tim Renkow in 2019 and TV show Sunny D opposite Katherine Ryan in 2016.

She had four sell-out solo comedies at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Latitude Festival and the Soho Theatre and released a book last year called How to Leave Your Psychopath: The Essential Handbook for Escaping Toxic Relationships.

Last year, Anholt released How to Leave Your Psychopath: The Essential Handbook for Escaping Toxic Relationships, which documented her journey out of an abusive relationship.

She was also a regular guest on This Morning.

The late star is survived by husband Ben, one-year-old daughter Opal, her twin brother Tom, sister Claire, and mum Catherine and dad Laurence.

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer, Macmillan can offer support and information. Contact their helpline on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week from 8am to 8pm), use their webchat service, or visit their site for more information.