Chelsie Whibley starred in CBBC shows Dani’s House and Sadie J, and appeared in pantomime alongside House of Cards actress Kate Mara, before her acting career was cut short by illness
CBBC star Chelsie Whibly has died at the age of 29.
The actress, who was best known for starring in Dani’s House and Sadie J, had been battling with genetic disorder cystic fibrosis.
Chelsie was rushed to Southampton General Hospital on Saturday and passed away at around 2.45pm, her heartbroken husband shared.
In a statement, Glynn, 33, paid a heartfelt tribute as he wrote: “I’m afraid this is the hardest thing I have ever had to write.
“This morning Chelsie took a rapid turn for the worse and became unresponsive. She was rushed to Southampton General Hospital.
“It is with deepest regret that I have to inform everyone that our dearest beautiful Chelsie sadly passed away this afternoon at 2.45pm.
““It was very quick and she was not in any pain. I know you will all want to send your condolences but we ask to please limit it to comments below in this very distressing time.
“To my gorgeous inspiration wife we will love you always.”
Chelsie had previously been ordered to quarantine indefinitely because she was deemed ‘high risk’ of falling seriously ill if she contracted Covid-19.
She previously opened up about how she longed for lockdown to be over so she could see her loved ones again.
“It feels like even more time is being taken away from me. It’s just heartbreaking beyond words,” she said.
“I know that seeing my friends and family is too dangerous and it could be enough to tip my body over the edge.
“But on the other hand, I don’t know how much time I have and it breaks me knowing I can’t see them,” she told The Sun.
Cystic fibrosis has no cure and causes life expectancy to be cut short for sufferers.
Chelsie previously revealed doctors told her she would live until she was 16.
After defying the odds, the actress said her lungs had become so heavily scarred by the condition that they were functioning at just 25 per cent before she died, and she was taking 60 pills a day to fight off infection.
Chelsie shared her progress on YouTube vlog, My CF Life, where she shared updates about living with the disease.
In one post, Chelsie was seen celebrating her birthday in lockdown with her husband Glynn and mother Pam, who was permitted to move in with the couple to help with care.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.