‘MY DEAREST FRIEND’
The comedienne has paid tribute to her pal Joanna Dugdale who left behind a nine-year-old daughter
MIRANDA Hart has paid tribute to her best friend who died following a short battle with cancer.
Joanna Dugdale was just 42-years-old when she died and now Miranda has opened up about how she’s coping with the loss of her pal.
The comedienne dedicated her new book, Miranda’s Daily Dose Of Such Fun in aid of Comic Relief, to Joanna.
Speaking about her sad passing, Miranda told The Mail: “I met Joanna at drama school 20 years ago and she was one of my dearest friends.
“To lose her last year was a huge shock. I dedicated my Comic Relief book to her as she loved the idea of it – she had a determined positive outlook on life – and gave me a couple of ideas for it.
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“I am sure she is laughing with me as I do the daily entries from the book!”
Joanna died just three weeks after being diagnosed with the terminal illness. She left behind a nine-year-old daughter.
After meeting as students, Miranda and Joanna became firm friends.
The pair spent one last weekend together before Joanna became too ill, something her stepfather Howard recalled as he spoke about the eulogy Miranda wrote for the funeral.
He said: “At the funeral, Miranda had a very funny eulogy about Joanna taking the p*** out of her and calling her a party pooper because they were both sitting in their pyjamas and dressing gowns instead of being out clubbing.
“Joanna was saying, “If it was up to me, we’d be out clubbing!” It was a very funny remembrance of their last weekend together.”
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