Australian actress Wendy Hughes, who was battling cancer, has died at the age of 61.
The actress will be remembered for her dedication to Australian film, television and theatre over a career that spanned four and a half decades.
Hughes' most recognized TV roles include in two long-running Australian TV series - State Coroner and Snowy River: The McGregor Saga.
The celebrated actress was nominated for seven Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, winning one in 1983 for her lead role in Careful, He might Hear You. She was also a two-time Logie winner for supporting roles in Power Without Glory (1977) and Return to Eden (1984).
A private funeral is being held for the family, and an open memorial is also be planned for her grieving fans.
A statement released on behalf of the family by Chris Haywood, Hughes' former husband and the father of two of her children said:
Wendy was “furious” life was coming to an end too quickly. She had so much more to do.
Two weeks before her death she was planning a trip to Paris.
She died peacefully a little after 4 am on Saturday morning.
Charlotte and Jay, her two children, were with her as were her sister Jan and her brother Tony and myself. She was at home as she wished, overlooking the ocean. After her gallant battle with cancer she finally came to rest to the sound of the waves breaking on the rocks a short distance from her window.
She leaves behind her three treasured grandchildren, Isobelle, Oberon and Lennox.
The Hughes, Haywood and Juillet families would sincerely like to thank the palliative care service of the Illawarra district and Dr. Annette Beaufils for their caring support.
An announcement will be made regarding gatherings in Sydney and Melbourne to celebrate Wendy’s life.
She, already having a glass with Johnny Hargreaves."