I've just read the very sad news that actress Elizabeth Sladen had died at the young age of just 63. A BBC spokesman issued this statement: "It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC's The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away this morning." Apparently she had been battling cancer for some time now and finally lost her fight.
Sladen first appeared in her signature role Sarah Jane Smith in the BBC television sci-fi series Doctor Who between 1973 and 1976, opposite Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. She went on to reprise her role in the revived series acting opposite David Tennant.
There are several tributes to her but I felt this one by artist John Kovalic best summed up how I feel about this sad news.