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Helen McCrory: Celebs and fans offer emotional tributes

Actor Helen McCrory, popular for her roles in Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter films as Narcissa Malfoy, has died of cancer at the age of 52.

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Helen MCrory dies at 52- (Photo: @helenmccroryofficialfan/Instagram)

New Delhi: Actor Helen McCrory, popular for her roles in Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter films as Narcissa Malfoy, has died of cancer at the age of 52, according to her husband, Damian Lewis on April 16.

Taking to his Twitter handle, Damian shared the heartbreaking news with fans. Penning a note, he wrote, “I’m heartbroken to announce that after an heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from family and friends”.

”She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God, we love her and we know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you.” Helen who played Aunt Polly, the matriarch of the Shelby clan, in BBC period gang drama Peaky Blinders, also played the role of Draco Malfoy’s mother Narcissa Malfoy in 3 Harry Potter films.

Celebrities and fans have been expressing their grief at the demise. Harry Potter author JK Rowling led the tributes, writing ”I’m devastated to learn of the death of Helen McCrory, an extraordinary actress and a wonderful woman who’s left us far too soon. My deepest condolences to her family, especially her husband and children. Simply heartbreaking news”.

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight said: “Helen was one of the great actors of her generation. She was so powerful and controlled and this is so sad.” Cillian Murphy, who played Tommy Shelby in the show, added, “broken-hearted to lose such a dear friend”, describing her as “a beautiful, caring, funny, compassionate human being”.

“She was also a gifted actor – fearless and magnificent. She elevated and made humane every scene, every character she played,” he said, adding it was “a privilege to have worked with this brilliant woman… I will dearly miss my pal”. National Theatre penned, ”We’re devastated to hear that Helen McCrory has died and will miss her terribly. Our thoughts are with her friends and family at this very sad time”.

Comedian Matt Lucas wrote, ”Helen McCrory will be remembered not just for her remarkable stage and screen performances, but also for her selflessness and generosity. She and Damian were the motor driving FeedNHS, working tirelessly during the pandemic to raise millions for others. What a tremendous loss”.

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A fan wrote, ”rest in peace helen mccrory, my heart hurts. we will miss you already. thank you for making me smile and laugh. thank you for everything. you made my childhood and even now amazing! i don’t know what i would’ve done without you. you were and still are very loved! rest in peace”.