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US NewsOriginal EastEnders cast member Sandy Ratcliff dies aged 70 after falling from the public eye and battling heroin addiction as her fame faded after four years playing cafe-owner Sue Osman

05:00  09 april  2019
05:00  09 april  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Ratcliff dies aged 70 after falling from the public eye and battling heroin addiction as her fame faded after four years playing cafe - owner Sue Osman . EastEnders actress Sandy Ratcliff was found dead in a care home in north London on Sunday morning. As Sue Osman , took on several

EASTENDERS star Sandy Ratcliff who played cafe owner Sue Osman has died aged 70 after years of alcohol and drug abuse. Sandy appeared in the BBC1 soap from the first episode in 1985 until 1989 and was central to an early hard-hitting storyline when she lost a baby to cot death

Original EastEnders cast member Sandy Ratcliff dies aged 70 after falling from the public eye and battling heroin addiction as her fame faded after four years playing cafe-owner Sue Osman © Getty Sandy Ratcliff Original EastEnders cast member Sandy Ratcliff, who played the much-loved character Sue Osman before falling from the public eye, has been found dead aged 70 in a north London care home.

Appearing as Osman from the first episode of the BBC1 soap in 1985 until 1989, she took on a number of tough storylines including when she lost her baby to cot death syndrome before divorcing her husband, Ali, soon after.

Original EastEnders cast member Sandy Ratcliff dies aged 70 after falling from the public eye and battling heroin addiction as her fame faded after four years playing cafe-owner Sue Osman © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The cast of EastEnders celebrating the show's 15th anniversary in 1985 outside the set of Albert Square. Ratcliff is seen on the far right This prompted a years-long exploration of mental health on the popular show as Sue struggled with the grieving process, depression and the breakdown of her marriage.

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Sandy Ratcliff , one of EastEnders ' original cast members , has died aged 70 . The actress appeared as cafe owner Sue Osman from the first episode of the BBC soap in Off-screen, Ratcliff struggled with heroin addiction and was written out of the programme after four years on Albert Square.

Off-screen, Ratcliff faced her own personal battles with drink and drugs which drew her into the lime-light.

Original EastEnders cast member Sandy Ratcliff dies aged 70 after falling from the public eye and battling heroin addiction as her fame faded after four years playing cafe-owner Sue Osman © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sandy Ratcliff, who played much-loved character Sue Osman in the soap, was discovered in a north London care home on Sunday morning. Image undated It was reported in 1988 that she had an alcohol-fuelled bust-up with her boyfriend while holidaying in Tenerife before she was written out of the show because of a heroin addiction the following year.

The mother-of-one to her son William also suffered three strokes and was later diagnosed with cancer.

She was found dead on Sunday morning. Her cause of death is not yet known and it has been reported to the coroner.

Video: EastEnders original Sandy Ratcliff played Sue Osman in the 1980s

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British actress Sandy Ratcliff , who played cafe owner Sue Osman in EastEnders , has died at the age of 70 . Her character, the tragic wife of taxi driver and gambling addict Ali Osman , appeared in the show's opening episode and she starred in the soap until 1989. A spokesman for EastEnders said

After struggling with heroin addiction , she played a starring role at the 1991 Old Bailey trial of her ex Michael Shorey, claiming they were making love at the time he was accused of killing " EastEnders original cast member Sandy Ratcliff – who played Sue Osman – dies at age 70 ". Digital Spy.

Nejdet Salih, who played Ali, paid tribute to the mother of one last night. 'It's very sad. I remember the first time I auditioned for the show, we had this instant chemistry and banter,' he told The Sun.

'I remember going to her flat to rehearse lines and her son William and boyfriend Tony would be there. She was a great mum. There was nothing she wouldn't do for William.'

Original EastEnders cast member Sandy Ratcliff dies aged 70 after falling from the public eye and battling heroin addiction as her fame faded after four years playing cafe-owner Sue Osman © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Osman as played by Ratcliff at the beginning of EastEnders in 1985 alongside her on-screen husband, cafe owner Ali After leaving the show in 1989, Ratcliff slipped into heroin and alcohol addiction before later retraining as a counsellor.

She was written out of the soap after her battle with addiction came to light.

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Original EastEnders star Sandy Ratcliff has passed away aged 70 (Picture: BBC). Sandy is best known for playing the character of Sue Osman on BBC soap EastEnders , from its very first episode in 1985 until 1989, and Sandy had suffered three strokes in five years and battled a cancer diagnosis.

Soap fans left shocked after original EastEnders cast member Sandy Ratcliff dies . Some fallen foul of law, others have devastating diseases and battled addiction . Fans were left shocked after original cast member Sandy Ratcliff , who played Sue Osman , was found dead aged 70 in a north

Following her death, a friend said she had been clean of drugs for some years but was forced to move into a care home due to poor health.

Describing her death on Sunday, an ambulance spokesman said: 'We sent two single responders in cars and an ambulance crew. Sadly, a person was found dead at the scene.'

Original EastEnders cast member Sandy Ratcliff dies aged 70 after falling from the public eye and battling heroin addiction as her fame faded after four years playing cafe-owner Sue Osman © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sue was at the centre of the most bleak story line British soaps had ever seen when her baby died from cot death syndrome in June 1985. Afterwards, she and her husband Ali (pictured in 1985) broke up Ratcliff first became known as a model in the 1970s, when she was cast as 'The face of the 70s' by royal photographer Lord Snowdon.

Before starring in her best-known EastEnders role, Ratcliff featured in Crossroads as Barbara Parker, the younger wife of series regular Vince Parker.

She also appeared in BBC 2 versions of A Box Of Swan and Men Of The Month.

Original EastEnders cast member Sandy Ratcliff dies aged 70 after falling from the public eye and battling heroin addiction as her fame faded after four years playing cafe-owner Sue Osman © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Nejdet Salih, who played Ali, paid tribute to the mother of one (seen here as Sue on EastEnders in the 1980s) Ratcliff married photographer Peter Wright in 1968, but the couple broke up and by 1973 she had her only son, William, by theatre director Terence Palmer.

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One of her last public appearances was at the Old Bailey trial of her then boyfriend, Michael Shorey, who was found guilty of murdering two women in 1991.

She claimed they were together when he was accused of murdering the woman, but the jury rejected her account and Shorey was jailed for life.

Ratcliff then largely disappeared from the public eye and in 2005, it was reported that Ratcliff no longer used heroin and lived on a £70 a week disability allowance.

Original EastEnders cast member Sandy Ratcliff dies aged 70 after falling from the public eye and battling heroin addiction as her fame faded after four years playing cafe-owner Sue Osman © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ratcliff (second from left) with BBC controller Michael Grade and fellow members of the EastEnders cast. Image undated Speaking in 2010, she admitted she had a 'hard time' following her EastEnders exit. She said: 'I had a hard time when I left the show. There were stories about my drug addiction, and I was quite an innocent, even in my thirties.

'Some of the things written about me hurt me and made me quite ill. But I recovered and moved on to other things.'

Original EastEnders cast member Sandy Ratcliff dies aged 70 after falling from the public eye and battling heroin addiction as her fame faded after four years playing cafe-owner Sue Osman © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited After leaving the show in 1989, Ratcliff (seen in 1979) slipped into heroin addiction before later retraining as a counsellor Fans paid tribute to Ratcliff on Twitter, with one writing: 'So sad to hear of Sandy Ratcliff's passing. I've become a big fan of Sue Osman since I started watching #ClassicEastEnders and that's down to Sandy's performance.

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'She was amazing during the cot death storyline.'

Another tweeted: 'So very sad to hear of the death of former @Eastenders star #sandyratcliff I loved her as Sue Osman. Rest in peace Sue.'

Ratcliff is survived by her son William, who has not yet spoken publicly about her death.

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