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Sheridan Smith pulls out of Funny Girl performance

British actress Sheridan Smith pulled out of London musical Funny Girl on Tuesday night (01Mar16).
It was later revealed that the star, who has been playing the lead role of Fanny Brice in the West End show, made the decision after finding out her father Colin Smith had been diagnosed with cancer.
The news came when Sheridan wrote on her Twitter.com page: “Had s**t news 2day,sorry I can’t make the show for u loyal fans,if u ask they give u tix to the Savoy! (sic)”
After pulling out of her performance Sheridan, 34, was flooded with questions fans about her decision to be her father’s side. While the majority of her followers were concerned, the actress also received several insulting messages from fans angry at her cancellation.
Responding to one such jibe on Twitter, Sheridan wrote: “If u just found out ur dad had cancer u wouldn’t be such a heartless human. Take care love (sic).”
The tweets have since been deleted and statement from her publicists to Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper read: “Sheridan’s father is unwell. As this is a difficult time, I ask you to respect her privacy and she has no plans to make further comment or detail on her father’s health.”
The warmhearted star is now trying to help fans sort out tickets, asking them to “DM her” with details, adding: “It’s one. Hate missing shows but pappa needs me x.”
On Wednesday (02Mar16), Sheridan clarified that she was intending to be back on stage to finish the week before making a decision about whether or not to continue the rest of her run.
“People think I pulled out of funny Girl, not just yet.I mssed 1 show last night, back to finish this week @MenChocFactory then we’ll see (sic),” she wrote.
It’s been 26 years since Sheridan’s brother Julian died after a battle against cancer when she was just eight – something she revealed last year when playing the part of breast cancer sufferer Lisa Lynch in British TV drama The C Word.
“Of course I’ve been affected by my brother’s death,” she said in April 2014. “It makes me value life, cherish my loved ones and be grateful for every day I have with them.
“Cancer affects one in three of us and every single one of us either knows someone who has been affected by it or has experienced it first-hand. And yet it’s treated as a taboo subject.”

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