|Born||Sarah Jane Parkinson
6 June 1962
|Died||23 September 2003(aged 41)|
|Cause of death||Breast cancer|
|Occupation||Writer, producer, actress|
(m. 2003; her death 2003)
Sarah Jane Parkinson (6 June 1962 – 23 September 2003) was a British producer and writer of radio and television programmes, as well as an occasional actress. She was a regular performer on Week Ending in the latter years of its run.
Parkinson was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2002. She and Merton had an unofficial marriage in the Maldives in October 2000 before marrying at Rye Town Hall, East Sussex, in June 2003.
After her death Merton released the following statement through his agent: "After her initial devastating diagnosis of cancer in February 2002 Sarah successfully lived with the disease for the next 19 months. She refused chemotherapy because she knew it would finish her off. Instead, she boosted her immune system with a mixture of nutritional therapy, yoga, meditation, positive thinking and laughter. Consequently she led a full and active life right up to the last couple of weeks when her condition suddenly worsened."