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The daughter of Downton Abbey star Anna Chancellor has died aged 36 after suffering from acute myeloid leukemia.
She died on Friday surrounded by her immediate family and her mother, with Poppy’s other relatives posting a tribute on social media to confirm the sad news.
“To all you wonderful and most-loved friends of Poppy. We send you this message with our deepest love,” they began.
“On September 29 Poppy died, held tight by her immediate family just as she had wished.”
“Despite every effort, her body could not continue any longer. We will be forever grateful to her kind and loving care team at the Royal Marsden,” they continued.
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“So we, her family and friends who all adore her join the other families who have lost their loved ones far too young. We continue to pray and support her in any way we can to further her soul’s journey.
“Poppy was and is an unbelievable life force of creativity, compassion, wit, beauty, and sheer uniqueness.”
“She transformed our lives and we are beyond grateful,” they concluded.
Poppy’s father was the poet Jock Scot who died of cancer in 2016 aged 63.
Celebrities were quick to pay tribute to Poppy, who worked as an illustrator and paper-cut artist.
Singer Sophie Ellis Bextor wrote: “I never met Poppy, but what she put out into the world brought me joy. What a bright and beautiful soul. I’m heartbroken to hear she’s not here .. she definitely made a mark. Sending love to all. Xxx.”
Meanwhile, Radio host Clara Amfo commented: “Poppy was nothing but a joy to be around, every interaction with her left you howling with laughter or at the very least a smile. Truly 1 of 1, we will love you forever PoChan xxx.”
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Earlier this year, Poppy shared how she was preparing for chemotherapy. Writing on Instagram, she said: “Chemo ready.. Said goodbye to the bob today – end of an era.
“After three weeks with multiple infections in hospital, I have been diagnosed with Leukaemia. I am still very much processing my heartbreak and also filled with a new love and pride for my body.
“My care team of friends and family has me feeling like everything is possible and then we all get together and have a good cry/ business meeting about all the appointments and treatments that are still to come.
“I am honestly terrified and physically exhausted – at the same time as learning to talk to my body and cells with a loving defiance.
“My life will start to look very different and I’m not sure how I’ll use this platform going forward – maybe the occasional drawing, update, or moments of joy – I’ve been drawing myself in the bath but you don’t need to see those.”
She added: “I’ve always been interested in cancer awareness and advocating for grief awareness and now it’s all starting to feel very real very quickly. Grieving for my life before diagnosis – and coming to terms with all the bruises and needles is a challenge. Cancer has always been close to home for me but this is a whole new experience..”
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