CORONATION Street actress Maggie Fox was due to tour THIS WEEK before her sudden death.
Maggie's comedy partner and close friend Sue Ryder were set to perform in Bury, Manchester, later this week.
Ryder said loved ones are in a "state of shock" following her "very sudden" accident.
Details of the accident have not been revealed – but she passed away surrounded by her "completely heartbroken" family.
Writing in tribute, Lip Service Theatre wrote: "During her forty-year career Maggie also appeared in shows including Shameless, Soul Music, and South Riding.
"The respected actress was also well known for starring in popular Radio 4 sketch show Lip Service, which she co-wrote with her comic partner Sue.
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"The pair were also due to embark on a nationwide UK tour later this week."
Maggie appeared in two roles in Coronation Street during her 40-year-long career, most notably as Ruth Audsley in 2001.
Ruth got involved when Roy and Hayley Cropper went on the run with their foster child Wayne Hayes.
She later appeared in 2010 as Judge Travers.
The judge was involved in a court case between Kylie Turner and Becky McDonald, who were fighting for custody of Kylie’s son Max.
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But Maggie – who also appeared in Shameless – was best known as Bilson on ITV period drama The Forsyte Saga.
She also performed in Radio 4 sketch show Lip Service, which she co-wrote with her pal Sue.
Sue wrote on Facebook: "It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Maggie Fox, my comedy partner of 40 years and co-Artistic Director of LipService.
"Maggie passed away yesterday with her family around her.
"As you can imagine I am completely heartbroken.
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She added: "We are still all in a state of shock as this was very sudden following an accident."
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