Australian television veteran Cornelia Frances passed away on Monday evening, aged 77.
Best known for her starring role on Home and Away, Frances had spent her final months in palliative care after chemotherapy and radiation failed to curb her secondary cancer.
The actor announced her illness in January, revealing what had begun as bladder cancer in 2016 had metastasised in her hip and spine.
On the day of her death, Frances’ son Lawrence shared a heartbreaking final photo of his mum. “A very personal photo of my mum during one of her resting moments, she is so peaceful, soft and serene,” he wrote in the caption. “I truly love this woman.”
It’s a stark and confronting image of the brutality of cancer, which struck a chord with hundreds on social media.
“A hideous disease. I am so sorry for your loss,” read one comment. “Humbled to see this very personal and emotional photo,” read another. “So very sorry for your loss.”
Just last month, the English-born woman celebrated her 77th birthday with family and friends who flocked to her bedside.