FORMER Coronation Street actress Shobna Gulati has revealed that her mother has died following a battle with dementia.
Sharing a picture of her mom Asha on Instagram, Gulati wrote that she was completely heartbroken.
The 53-year-old actress said: “Our beautiful mum passed away, a few weeks ago, peacefully in her sleep . Still processing, these days are hard.
“She was our linchpin 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.”
The actress added: “She taught me such a lot … but not how to live without her. Completely heartbroken.”
Gulati, who played Sunita Alahan in Coronation Street between 2001 and 2006 and returning to the popular role between 2009 and 2013, previously revealed that her mother was living with vascular dementia.
In a blog for Alzheimer’s Research UK, she described how difficult life had become for her mother who struggled to accept the 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,” wrote Gulati.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are more than 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today. This number is expected to rise to more than 1 million by 2025.
There is currently no cure for dementia.