Home And Away stars pay tribute after Cornelia Frances dies

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

A string of Australian stars including cast members of Home And Away have paid tribute to Cornelia Frances, after the actress lost her life following a battle with cancer.

Fans have also taken to social media after the 77-year-old television star’s death was announced on Tuesday morning.

Vale #CorneliaFrances. You were always ahead of the game. Will miss your witty banter on-set X,” actor Lincoln Younes, who played River Boy Casey Braxton on the Channel Seven show, wrote. 

Former Home And Away star Cornelia Frances has passed away. Source: Getty

David Jones Roberts, who played Xavier Austin on the show, also shared a heartfelt message.

I had the pleasure of working with the beautiful, amazing, iconic Cornelia Frances. I remember being intimidated, when I was going to shoot my first scene with her,” he wrote.

“As she played such a strong intimidating woman and I had no idea what to expect. Instead she greeted me with a big smile, a big hug and told me stories about working with my dad on Sons and Daughters. Such a lovely woman. You’ll be missed RIP.”

Cornelia’s son Lawrence shared this photo on Monday. Source: Instagram/neonlolly

Meanwhile local comedian Joel Creasey tweeted: “I met Cornelia Frances when I was 11. I was pretty terrified but she could not have been sweeter and I have always remembered that. Sad day”. 

A Channel Seven statement released to Be on Tuesday morning read: “Cornelia Frances was a unique person. 

“Her on screen presence inspired a generation of actors.  This gift was coupled with an ability to bring a sense of dignity and presence into each room she entered. Her energy and character will be missed.”

Cornelia was best known for playing Morag in Home And Away. Source: Channel Seven

Earlier this year the actress opened up about battling the aftermath of a bladder cancer diagnosis.

She remained optimistic at the time, after her cancer spread to her thigh and back.

“It’s a hard road, but we’ll get there,” she told A Current Affair. 

“I’m feeling fine, albeit what’s inside me.”

Cornelia was diagnosed with bladder cancer last year, and it later spread to her back and thigh.

She then broke two ribs due to the swelling of the tumour.

The veteran TV star, famed for her role as Morag on Home And Away, said she wouldn’t give up on fighting the illness.

“I’m really feeling ok,” she said in her interview.

Earlier this year the actress opened up about battling the aftermath of a bladder cancer diagnosis. Source: Channel Nine

“The pain comes and goes but you expect that,” she continued, adding, “We’re gonna fight it, by god I am”.

Apart from starring in Home And Away, Cornelia is known for her acting roles in The Young Doctors andSons And Daughters.

She was also the host of reality show The Weakest Link.

Our thoughts are with Cornelia’s family and friends during this tough time.

She also starred in Young Doctors earlier in her acting career. Source: Channel Nine

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