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A Country Practice star Penny Cook has died at 61

Sad news for fans of A Country Practice today - legendary Australian actress, Penny Cook has died at age 61.

In a statement released via her management company, Cook's family said she died of cancer last night.

Cook has worked on countless Australian TV show including the Flying Doctors and The Great Outdoors.

She first appeared on Aussie screens in the soap series The Restless Years, before she played veterinarian Vicky Dean in A Country Practice from 1981 to 1985.

In the statement, Cook's family said their "beloved partner, mother, daughter, sister and dear friend" died peacefully, surrounded by family last night.