Leah Bracknell, 55, played Zoe Tate in the ITV show Emmerdale, for 18 years before she left the soap in 2005. The actress had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2016 and the star’s manager confirmed the news of her death today in a heartfelt statement. Leah was previously told she had just months to live when she was first diagnosed with the disease three years ago. The soap star explained she had visited the doctors in 2016 after feeling breathless while climbing stairs as well as experiencing a swollen abdomen.
Leah said she saw four GPs in 10 days before she was taken to A&E.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Leah said: “I was dying, but the urgency of the situation was completely missed.
“The funding crisis and resultant staff shortages cannot meet demand.”
In August 2017, it was announced her targeted biological therapy had stopped working and that she had been surviving solely on expensive alternative treatments for several months.
Her quest to undergo alternative treatments of immunotherapy and integrative medicine in Germany led many to dip into their pockets and donate to Leah’s treatment.
Within a few days, the Emmerdale star had raised £50,000.
Leah Bracknell dead: How did the Emmerdale actress die? (Image: GETT/WENN)
Leah Bracknell dead: The actress revealed she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016 (Image: INSTAGRAM • LEAH BRACKNELL)
Leah continued to remain hopeful for a cure and credited positive thinking with keeping her alive.
Speaking to the Mirror earlier this year, Leah