Shobna Gulati has announced her mother has passed away following a difficult battle with dementia.
The 53-year-old actress - best known for her role as Coronation Street’s Sunita Alahan - announced the death of her mother Asha - who she revealed earlier this year had been diagnosed with vascular dementia.
Gulati 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. 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.”
The former Corrie star has a younger brother, Rajesh, and two older sisters, Sushma and Hema.
In June this year she spoke out about her mother’s sbattle with dementia - to try and end stigma linked with the condition in the South Asian community.
She revealed in a blog for Alzheimers Research UK: “We’ve always been close. Living around the corner to Mum meant she’s always been a major influence in my life.
“It’s not so easy for Mum to keep up any more these days, and she prefers to stay at home.
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“The first signs that something was wrong was when Mum’s normal character seemed to dial up a few notches. At first, our arguments would seem different, lasting for days rather than hours. I’d anguish over what I’d done so wrong to upset her. Mum is a headstrong lady and, looking back, she covered the cracks for about three years before her diagnosis...
“There is so much stigma about dementia, particularly in South Asian communities. This weighs strongly on mum and, to this day, she’s struggled to accept her diagnosis.”