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Former Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati reveals her mum has died

She left a heartbreaking post on social media

Former Coronation Street actress Shobna Gulati has revealed her beloved mum has died.

The actress admits her life is "very different" after losing her mum a few weeks ago when she passed away "peacefully in her sleep".

She wrote on Instagram: "Our beautiful mum passed away, a few weeks ago, peacefully in her sleep.

"Still processing, these days are hard. She was our lynchpin connecting us as a family. Our lives are changed and life is very different now. (sic)"

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The ex-Corrie actress - who played Sunita Alahan on the cobbles for five years until 2006, before returning again from 2009 to 2013 - admitted she has been left "completely heartbroken" by her mother's death, and said her mum "taught me such a lot".

She added: "She did her very best and in the last 25 years I grew to know her as a person and the amazing woman that was our mum and for that circumstance and time I am truly grateful.

"She taught me such a lot... but not how to live without her. Completely heartbroken (sic)"

Shobna played Sunita in Coronation Street (Credit: ITV/YouTube)

Shobna recently opened up about her mother's battle with vascular dementia, and admitted she wants to end the stigma around dementia.

Our beautiful mum passed away, a few weeks ago, peacefully in her sleep.

In a piece for Alzheimer's Research UK's Dementia Blog, she wrote: "Vascular dementia has definitely made Mum more socially isolated, and more and more of today's older generation is facing this future.

"It's also isolating for carers, like me and my siblings.

"In our community it's normal for everyone to know everyone else's business, it's a very social affair.

"But when you're struggling to cover cracks in normal life, it can also create a real social pressure.

"Talking about dementia, and the value of research, is vital. It's such an important way to break down these stigmas."

Sunita left Corrie in 2013 after she was murdered (Credit: ITV/YouTube)

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Shobna left Coronation Street in 2013 when Sunita was murdered by Karl Munroe.

Sunita left behind her husband Dev and twins Asha and Aadi.

Recently, Dev has been struggling with Asha who has been using skin lightening creams to be more like her Bollywood heroes.

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