Barbara Windsor’s husband’s tribute to his ‘wife, best friend and soulmate’ after EastEnders star’s death

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Dame Barbara Windsor’s husband has called the EastEnders star his “wife, best friend and soulmate” following the news of her death aged 83.

The TV great was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014, but kept her condition secret until symptoms started to show in 2018.

Her heartbroken long-term partner Scott Mitchell has spoken about the loss of his beloved Barbara.

Following Thursday night's announcement, shattered Scott says his “heart or life will never feel the same" without the veteran actress.

He revealed she was fighting against the disease up until her final hours and said the fact she was raising awareness of Alzheimer’s when the condition crippled her told everyone all about her incredible character.

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Her husband said: “Her passing was from Alzheimer’s/dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.

“Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, a smile and affection for the many years of her love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives and the entertainment she gave to so many thousands of others during her career.

“Barbara’s final weeks were typical of how she lived her life. Full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end.

“It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserve. I will always be immensely proud of Barbara’s courage, dignity and generosity dealing with her own illness and still trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as she could.”

Barbara, one of Britain’s most beloved and well recognised entertainment stars, first found fame in her role as a buxom blonde in the Carry On films.

Later, she became a household name playing Peggy Mitchell, the Queen Vic’s fiery landlady in hit soap EastEnders.

Mr Mitchell and his wife had campaigned for greater dementia care from the Government.

He said: “Dementia/Alzheimer’s remains the UKs number one killer. Although in challenging times, I urge the Prime Minister, his government and other parties to be true to their previous promises and invest more into dementia/Alzheimer’s research and care.

“Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and carers who are angels at the care home for your kindness and care to Barbara and I throughout her stay with you. You are my heroes.

“And my gratitude to our family, friends and everyone in the media and the general public for all the good wishes and warm support that has been shown to Barbara over the last few years during her illness. Barbara deeply appreciated that.”

He added: “May you rest in peace now my precious Bar. I’ve lost my wife, my best friend and soul mate and my heart or life will never feel the same without you.

“I will be making no further statements and now need the time to grieve this painful, personal loss.”

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