British actor Dame Barbara Windsor, best known for her role as ‘Peggy Mitchell’ in the well-known soap opera ‘EastEnders,’ passed away at a care home in London, at the age of 83. Once news regarding her passing, many politicians, musicians, and celebrities flooded social media to pay tribute to the beloved actor.
As one of them, the two-time Academy Awards-winning musician Elton John went to his verified Twitter account and posted a photo of himself with Windsor. He captioned the photo, which sees them while Windsor’s arm is around John’s shoulder, as follows:
“The world has lost the biggest ray of light. And heaven has the sweetest and funniest angel. #RIP #BarbaraWindsor”
The ‘Carry On’ star was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, in 2014. After 5 years, on her 82nd birthday, she was marked as one of the ambassadors for the Alzheimer’s Society. According to medical reports, the actor died from this disease.
Back in 2019, the musician said in an interview with The Sun UK that he was totally heartbroken about his close friends’ battle with the disease and added that he was getting information through Windsor’s husband Scott Mitchell regarding her health condition.
“It’s very sad. I know so many people who have got Alzheimer’s or the onset of Alzheimer’s and it’s really devastating for the people around them. I don’t know what it’s like for them, it must be like being on an acid trip or something.”
Apart from John, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, Prince William, and Prince Charles released their condolences over her passing. Johnson wrote on Twitter:
“She campaigned for the lonely and the vulnerable – and cheered the world up with her own British brand of harmless sauciness & innocent scandal. Thoughts with Scott and all her family & friends.”
Here is John’s tweet.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) December 11, 2020