British comedienne Linda Smith died yesterday (27FEB06) following a brave battle with ovarian cancer. She was 48.

Smith was famed for her witty excursions on panel shows including the BBC's Have I Got News For You, ROOM 101 and MOCK THE WEEK.

The TV star was a regular on BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz and often performed sell-out shows at Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

She is survived by her partner Warren Lakin.