This Morning's agony aunt Denise Robertson has died after a short cancer battle.
The ITV show confirmed she had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.
The programme posted the news on its official Twitter account, writing: "Such sad news - our friend and colleague Denise Robertson has lost her short but determined battle against cancer."
In mid-February Denise, who lived in East Boldon, issued a statement announcing her absence from the show.
This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford read a message from her, explaining that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The statement said: "I'm sorry I've not been around for a couple of weeks but a persistent health issue has turned into something quite a lot bigger.
"I've been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
"It has come as a surprise to me and my family but we know that many others have suffered and dealt with this condition and I don't plan to give up without a fight.
"My doctor is referring me for chemotherapy and hopefully that will start soon.
"I'd like to thank all the lovely viewers of This Morning who have been concerned about my health recently and I hope I'll be back on the sofa soon."