Dame Barbara Windsor – best known for her roles as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders and in the Carry On films – has died aged 83.
Her husband Scott Mitchell said he was by her side as she passed away peacefully at 8.35pm on Thursday at a London care home.
In a statement, he said her final weeks were “typical of how she lived her life”, being “full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end”.
“It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that my darling wife Barbara passed away at 8.35pm on Thursday 10 December at a London care home,” it read.
“Her passing was from Alzheimer’s/Dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.
“Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, a smile and affection for the many years of her love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives and the entertainment she gave to so many thousands of others during her career.
“Barbara’s final weeks were typical of how she lived her life. Full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end.
“It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserves. I will always be immensely proud of Barbara’s courage, dignity and generosity dealing with her own illness and still trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as she could.”
One of the most iconic publicans on the small screen, Windsor made her debut as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders in 1994 and soon became one of TV’s best-loved characters as she yelled “get outta my pub!”
In 2009, she announced she’d leave the soap but returned for a handful of cameos.
Windsor also appeared in nine Carry On films, including Carry On Spying in 1964, and 1974’s Carry On Dick.