The actress' dad has passed away after being diagnosed with cancer in March

Sheridan Smith‘s dad, Colin has sadly passed away at the age of 80 after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

The 35-year-old’s spokeswoman announced the heartbreaking news in a statement this morning, which read: ‘Sheridan’s much loved father sadly passed away this week.

‘We can confirm that she will not be performing at the Royal Variety Performance this Tuesday 6th December.

‘At this difficult time for Sheridan and her family we would ask that you please respect their privacy.’

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And fans have been quick to show their support, with hundreds of messages sent to the Funny Girl star.

One follower wrote: ‘So unbelievably sad to hear @Sheridansmith1 news this week. My thoughts and love are with you. Keep strong my darling xxxx’

Another added: ‘Love & hugs from all of us here on #Twitter @Sheridansmith1 our thoughts are with you in this sad time’

A third tweeted: ‘@Sheridansmith1 I’ve just heard the devastating news about ur dad I’m so sorry. I’m sending you all my love and prayers at this sad time’

“@Sheridansmith1 am so sorry to hear about your dad I know how much you adored him. I lost mine coming up for 4 years. Big hugs,” a fourth commented.

The devastating news comes after the award-winning star had to pull out of several performances of her sold out West End show, Funny Girl where she plays Fanny Bryce, following her father’s cancer diagnosis in March.

Sheridan also tragically lost her brother Julian to cancer when she was just eight-years-old.

Speaking about her brothers death last year, the star said: ‘It makes me value life, cherish my loved ones and be grateful for every day I have with them.

‘Cancer affects one in three of us and every single one of us either knows someone who has been affected by it or has experienced it first-hand.

‘And yet it’s treated as a taboo subject.

‘It’s never on telly. We should talk about it. It’s a hideous disease and we need to try to fight it.’

We’re sending our love to Sheridan and her family.