CBBC star Chelsie Whibley has died aged 29 after a long battle with cystic fibrosis.
The actress, best known for her starring roles in Dani’s House and Sadie J, died aged 29 after being hospitalized in Southampton on Saturday.
“This morning Chelsie was rapidly deteriorating and unresponsive,” her husband Glyn announced on social media.
“It is with the deepest regret that I must announce to everyone that our dearest beautiful Chelsie sadly passed away at 2:45pm this afternoon.
“It was very quick and she wasn’t in pain. I know you all want to offer your condolences, but we ask that you please limit it to the comments below at this very distressing time.
He later paid a heartfelt tribute to his wife on social media, saying the situation felt like a “horrible dream”.
“I can’t put into words the heartbreak I feel now without you here. Waking up without you by my side just feels so wrong and I’m waiting to realize that this is all just a horrible dream…but alas, I know it isn’t.”
He added, “From the first time we met I knew this day would come, but I knew you were the one I wanted to spend my life with… and it’s been an incredible life… one I wouldn’t change the world for anything.”
He commended his wife for being “an inspiration to me and so many others, with such strength and determination to prove the doctors wrong and move on.”
Cystic fibrosis is an incurable and life-limiting genetic disease affecting almost 11,000 people in the UK.
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People affected by the condition experience a buildup of thick, sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system, and other organs.
As well as appearing on CBBC shows, Whibley has appeared in panto alongside Jason Flemyng and House of Cards actress Kate Mara.
Whibley was told by doctors she would not be over 16 but defied the prognosis by 13 years.
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https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/cbbc-star-chelsie-whibley-dies-aged-29-after-long-cystic-fibrosis-battle-41516858.html CBBC star Chelsie Whibley dies aged 29 after a long battle with cystic fibrosis