Irish singer and TV star Rose-Marie dies suddenly as tributes pour in

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Singer and actress Rose-Marie has passed away aged 68. The Irish star's 'sudden' death was announced in a post shared to Facebook on 7 June, confirming she passed away in Blackpool.

“It is with heavy hearts & enormous great sadness, that we have to announce the sudden passing of our much loved Rose-Marie, in her beloved second home of Blackpool. Rest in Peace, dear heart," the post, shared to Rose-Marie's Facebook page, read.

The singer's close pals have paid tribute to her, including radio presenter Robin Elliott, who sadly revealed he had plans to meet up with Rose-Marie in the coming weeks. Meanwhile actress Tricia Penrose said she is "heartbroken" by the news.

Rose-Marie has died aged 68 -Credit:REX/Shutterstock

Tricia, best known for playing Gina Ward in ITV's Heartbeat, said: "I am absolutely heartbroken to lose my dear friend Rose-Marie RIP my dear heart," she shared. "We were only together this time last week in Blackpool. I'm going to miss you so much xxx."

Robin claimed Rose-Marie had been in the process of recording her 20th album, and he had been planning to travel to Blackpool on 28 June to do a celebrity audience with her on the North Pier.

He told the Belfast Telegraph: "I just can't believe this has happened. I've known her for a hell of a long time, I first met her in the '90s. I worked on a TV show with her called Something for the Weekend for the BBC, and then over the years our paths crossed many times."

He added: "She had so much to look forward to. She was in the studio recording a new album, there was a TV documentary being made about her, life was good."

Rose-Marie was a singer and TV personality -Credit:REX/Shutterstock

Rose-Marie released a total of nineteen albums during the course of her career, her hit tracks include When I Leave The World Behind, Let The Rest Of The World Go By and All The Love (In The World). She was also a television personality, enjoying success across the UK.

She was a judge on two series of BBC's Go For It, and also appeared on The Royal Variety Show, Shooting Stars, Doctors, Big Brother's Little Brother and more. Along TV, she also acted in several stage productions and played Rita in 2001 film Cold Fish. Rose-Marie was also involved in charity work, including the promotion of road safety and charity for the underprivileged.