Ex-Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell has died three years after being diagnosed ...

Former Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell, who played Zoe Tate in the long running soap, has died three years after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

The ex-soap actress, 55, who played Zoe Tate in the Yorkshire Dales ITV series for 16 years from 1989 to 2005, died in September surrounded by family, her managed has said.

Bracknell, who also had roles in A Touch of Frost, The Royal Today and DCI Banks, was diagnosed in September 2016 after rapid weight gain around her abdomen and breathlessness prompted her to seek medical help.   

After she was diagnosed, fans helped her raise more than £50,000 to undergo groundbreaking treatment in Germany, which despite she later revealed had failed.

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Tragic: Former Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell has died three years after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer

Tragic: Former Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell has died three years after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer

Bracknell wed her long-term partner Jez Hughes in a quiet ceremony as she continued to battle cancer

Bracknell wed her long-term partner Jez Hughes in a quiet ceremony as she continued to battle cancer

Bracknell discussing her illness on daytime TV

The actress, 55, dubbed herself a 'cancer rebel' when she previously discussed her time at Trew Fields, the UK’s first cancer awareness festival

Tragic: Bracknell, who also had roles in A Touch of Frost, The Royal Today and DCI Banks, was diagnosed in September 2016 after rapid weight gain around her abdomen and breathlessness prompted her to seek medical help 

The actress, 55, who played Zoe Tate in the Yorkshire Dales ITV series for 16 years from 1989 to 2005, died in September surrounded by family, her managed has said (character: Zoe Tate)

The actress, 55, who played Zoe Tate in the Yorkshire Dales ITV series for 16 years from 1989 to 2005, died in September surrounded by family, her managed has said (character: Zoe Tate) 

While undergoing gruelling treatment, Bracknell married her long-term partner Jez Hughes in a quiet ceremony at a grade II listed Georgian building in Horsham, West Sussex. 

Bracknell has appeared in public numerous times over the past three years, discussing living with cancer and talking openly about her numerous methods to ease her symptoms.

She wrote about her experiences in a poignant blog titled: Something

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