Australian television star SOPHIE HEATHCOTE died in Connecticut, America, from an aneurysm on 4 January (06). She was 33.

The actress, famed for TV roles in A COUNTRY PRACTICE, WATER RATS and GRASS ROOTS, was also battling cancer at the time of her death.

Yesterday (18JAN06) mourners including TV presenter EDDIE McGUIRE and actress BRIDIE CARTER attended her funeral at St Peter's Church in Melbourne, Australia.

She is survived by husband Chris Clarke and two children.