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EastEnders star Josephine Melville dies backstage while performing at theatre

FORMER EastEnders star Josephine Melville, known for playing Tess Parker in the 1980s, has died backstage at a theatre.  

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The TV actress received assistance from first-aiders, including a member of the audience, moments before her sudden death.  

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She was performing a production of Nine Night at Nottingham Playhouse and was starring as Aunty Maggie – leaving theatre staff in shock.  

Josephine Melville has died. Picture: BBC

Josephine Melville has died. Picture: BBC

A statement from Nottingham Playhouse seen by OMG-News.com reads: "We are deeply saddened to announce that last night the actor Josephine Melville passed away backstage at Nottingham Playhouse following the performance of the play Nine Night. 

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"Josephine’s family have been informed, and our thoughts and deep condolences are with them. 

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"Josephine received immediate assistance from Nottingham Playhouse first aiders and a medically qualified member of the Nine Night audience. 

She died at Nottingham Playhouse. Picture: IMDB

She died at Nottingham Playhouse. Picture: IMDB

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"Josephine was a truly wonderful and well-loved person, a revered and deeply respected performer, director, producer, archivist and writer, and a tremendous Auntie Maggie in Nine Night. 

"We are offering our full support to her family, our onstage and production crew and all staff at this awful time." 

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