BBC Star Maddy Anholt Has Died Aged 35 Following Birth Of Daughter

Maddy Anholt Dead: The BBC star has sadly passed away after a battle with a rare brain cancer following the birth of her daughter.
Credit: @maddyanholt/Instagram

Maddy Anholt has tragically died aged 35 following the birth of her daughter.

The actress has starred in a number of TV series such as Jerks, The Emily Atack Show and Sunny D – as well as making regular appearances on This Morning.

Anholt was also an ambassador for Women’s Aid and had written two books about domestic violence and toxic relationships.

Sadly, it has been announced that the BBC star passed away on September 13.

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A GoFundMe page set up by her family shares how she had been battling a rare brain cancer that she was diagnosed with following the birth of her daughter Opal.

The fundraiser’s bio reads: “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.

“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.

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

Maddy Anholt
Maddy Anholt has sadly passed away aged 35 following a battle with brain cancer. Credit: @maddyanholt/Instagram

The statement then proceeds to break down the accomplishments she achieved in her life, including being a marathon runner and being a speaker at numerous masterclasses, ‘including for The Guardian’.

It continues: “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.”

The family shared that the GoFundMe page is set up to look after her daughter, but they also suggest people donate to the Woman’s Aid Charity.

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Women’s Aid’s chief executive. Farah Nazeer, has paid tribute to Anholt – describing her as ‘a creative, caring and determined woman’, as per The Sun.

“Her passion was to raise awareness of abuse amongst younger people, which she did by working with us on our Love Respect website and through her comedy and writing,” he says.

“She wanted to help so that other young women would not experience controlling relationships, and in her memory, we will strive to continue this important work.

“Today our thoughts are with Maddy’s family, her husband Ben, and her one-year-old daughter Opal.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.