Gladiators star Falcon dies aged 59

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Bernadette Hunt famed for her role as the Falcom in the Gladiators has died. <i>(Image: PA/BBC)</i>
Bernadette Hunt famed for her role as the Falcom in the Gladiators has died. (Image: PA/BBC)

Star of Gladiators Falcon, real name Bernadette Hunt, has died aged 59 after a cancer diagnosis, her family has shared.

Sharing the sad news of Hunt's passing, her sister's partner Rick Jango wrote on a Facebook group alongside a photo of the late star.

He said: "It is with great sadness that I have to tell you of my partner's younger sister Bernadette Hunt."

It added: "I had the privilege to be in her company a few times and I have to say she was one of the most loveliest people I have ever met.

"She never had a bad word to say about anyone, indeed she was always known as the nicest 'Gladiator' always stopping to speak & sign autographs for anyone.

"She had been battling cancer for a number of years until sadly she lost the fight, R.I.P. Bernie".

Fans were quick to show their love to the late Gladiator star, as one wrote: "So sorry to hear this. Bernie was an absolute gem and one of the most giving people you could meet. Condolences to the family. A sad day RIP."

Whilst another added: "Oh I’m so sad to hear this. Bernie was just the loveliest person. So warm and friendly. Please send my love and condolences to the family. Xx"

Gladiators Falcon, Bernadette Hunt dies aged 59

Hunt was a regular face on the hit show when she began in 1993 for Gladiator's second season.

As the Falcon, she was known among fans as being the nicest Gladiator and remained on the show until 1999.

Following the years of leaving Gladiators Hunt worked as a fitness instructor according to reports.

Before joining the show, Hunt went to the London Contemporary Ballet School but saw her path change after suffering a back injury.

She later became a bodybuilder and went on to win titles as Miss Natural Health in 1992, Miss Novice Britain, Miss London and Home Countries 1992 and Miss South Britain.