Former Casualty and Holby City star Rebekah Gibbs has died after a six-year battle with breast cancer.
Tributes poured in today to the 41-year-old mother, best known for her role as paramedic Nina Farr in the long-running BBC medical dramas.
Talent agency Belfield and Ward confirmed the news, tweeting: “Darling Rebekah Gibbs, a true inspiration and dazzling light, never to be forgotten.”
Loving mum: Rebekah Gibbs with her daughter Gigi (Picture: Grant Triplow)She died in a hospice on Remembrance Sunday, said neighbours.
Ms Gibbs, who was first diagnosed ten weeks after the birth of her daughter Gigi in 2008. She told how she had taken the decision to undergo a double mastectomy and was given the all-clear after five years in April 2013.
But a few months later she suffered a seizure and was told the cancer had spread to her brain and lungs.
Rebekah Gibbs with her daughter Gigi in 2009Screen and theatre stars today paid tribute to the “amazing” and “talented” actress, whose credits include Fame, Grease, Starlight Express and The Bill.
Her friend, Coronation Street actress Hayley Tamaddon, tweeted: “So many memories… We will never forget you Becky. Keep twinkling. Wherever you are.”
Rebekah Gibbs with her daughter during chemotherapy treatmentWest End actress Louise Dearman added: “Very sad to hear Rebekah Gibbs has passed away. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. R.I.P Rebekah.”
Actor Matthew Daines wrote: “Sleep well you fabulous funny talented lady Rebekah Gibbs. Bless your beautiful bonkers heart Gibbsy. Gone too soon.”
Speaking about her cancer battle in March this year, Ms Gibbs recalled the moment she discovered the disease was back. “I was in Devon with my family when I had a huge seizure,” she said. “Within an hour I was in A&E. I was quickly diagnosed with two brain tumours, plus one in the neck and a lesion on my lung.”
Tributes: Rebekah Gibbs in Casualty in 2005She said the diagnosis had left her in “a dark place”, and she needed more support.
“I was emotionally and physically low,” she said.
But after further treatment, including help from an energy healer, she added: “I’m having all the right treatment which is paramount to my healing. My future is looking a lot brighter. I’ve just had some great results back from my hospital.”
But her condition did not improve and news of her death was announced last night.
Ms Gibbs lived with her husband Ashley Pitman, 47, in Tunbridge Wells. The couple married in September 2009, surrounded by her former co-stars at a church near their home.
Rebekah Gibbs with her book in 2009She attended the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts in Sidcup and went on to appear in West End musicals including Starlight Express, Grease and Fame before landing the role in Casualty in 2004.
Louis De Abreu, artistic director of Bird College, wrote: “RIP Rebekah Gibbs. We are so very proud of you. Our thoughts are with your family and friends at this sad time! #proud”
Neighbour Peta Groom, 79, said: “She was the most gracious person. I had huge admiration for her. We were so proud of her being in Casualty.
“She was a wonderful mother. It will be a huge loss she gave me such joy.
“It was such a joy to see a beautiful mother with such a beautiful daughter. For me Remembrance Sunday will always be about Rebekah now.”