Belinda Emmett loses battle with cancer
Saturday Nov 11 16:28 AEDT
Much loved Australian actor Belinda Emmett has lost her battle with cancer, dying at the age of 32.
She died at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital shortly after dawn with her husband, television host Rove McManus, and her family by her side.
"It is with great sadness we advise that Belinda Emmett's battle with cancer has ended," her family said in a statement.
"Belinda passed away just after dawn Saturday morning at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney with her family and husband by her side."
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998, at the age of 24, the actor successfully underwent surgery to remove the malignant tumour, followed by six weeks of radiotherapy.
After a period in remission, Emmett was diagnosed with secondary bone cancer in 2001, while playing nurse Jodi Horner on the Seven Network's hospital drama All Saints.
A spokesman for St Vincent's Hospital refused to say how long Emmett was being treated at the hospital before she died, saying the family had left the premises before 7am (AEDT) Saturday.
"As you can imagine, they are very distressed," a hospital spokesman told a large contingency of media gathered outside the hospital.
Emmett and McManus were regarded as television's golden couple, meeting at the opening of Fox Studios in Sydney in 1999.
They became engaged in July 2004 and married in January 2005, at Mary Immaculate Church in Waverley, in Sydney's east.
"We're kindred spirits," Emmett told a newspaper at the time.
McManus cancelled the upcoming episode of his TV show Rove Live, with the Ten Network issuing a statement saying it was not sure when the show would return.
"Ten will give Rove the time he needs away from the show and any support we can during this very sad time," Ten said.