Emmerdale star Claire King has claimed cancer is “nature’s repayment” for mistreating the planet.
The actress, who plays Kim Tate on ITV soap, joined the cast in 1989.
She made the controversial comments in OK! this week about her late friend Leah Bracknell. She said, “Cancer hits one in two, which is just terrible. I think this has a lot to do with how we treat the planet. We have mistreated the planet and this is nature’s repayment.
“We’re not doing ourselves any good – she says, who drinks and smokes – but we all have to do our part, and it becomes very moving when you lose a good friend.”
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The Bad Girls star was referring to Leah Bracknell, her friend and colleague.
Leah played Claire’s stepdaughter Zoe Tate on ITV Soap.
She died in 2019 after a long battle with cancer.
Claire King from Emmerdale speaks to Leah Bracknell, a late friend
The actress and yoga teacher was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2016, but defied the odds and survived the disease for three years.
Leah revealed her fight for £ 50,000 for treatment in Germany and while the campaign was successful the treatment was not.
When she talked about Leah, who played Zoe Tate, she was sad: “Unfortunately she is not the first of my friends [to die of cancer] and she won’t be the last. “
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She added that it taught her a valuable lesson about enjoying life while you can, as Leah did.
Claire said she believed that people should “enjoy life as much as possible” and “be nice” while “[treating] others with respect ”.
The actress also said it was important not to take life for granted, as something like cancer “can happen to any of us at any time”.
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