The Heartbreaking Last Photo Of Cornelia Frances

She passed away after a battle with cancer.

Beloved Australian actress Cornelia Frances has died at the age of 77, after a battle with cancer.

She was reportedly surrounded by friends and family before she passed away in Sydney Monday night.

Frances was best known for her role as Morag Bellingham on Channel Seven's long-running series Home and Away, as well for hosting Australia's version of The Weakest Link.

Her son Lawrence posted a powerful image of his mother in her final hours to Instagram, saying she was "peaceful" and "serene".

"A very personal photo of my mum during one of her resting moments, she is so peaceful, soft and serene.  I truly love this woman," he wrote.

Channel Seven also paid tribute to the star.

"Cornelia Frances was a unique person," a spokesperson said.

"Her on screen presence inspired a generation of actors.  This gift was coupled with an ability to bring a sense of dignity and presence into each room she entered.  Her energy and character will be missed."

Frances starred in nearly 500 episodes of Home and Away from 1988 until April last year.

In January this year, she told The Sunday Telegraph she'd been diagnosed with bladder cancer, which then spread to her hip bone.  She said the bone then fractured, and she nearly died from blood loss after suffering an ulcer.

Despite her failing health, she told the publication she hoped to one day return to her famed role on the Aussie drama.

(L to R:) Judy Nunn, Ray Meagher, Cornelia Frances and Norman Coburn as they are reunited on the long running Seven soap opera Home and Away. (AAP Image/Seven)

Frances also starred in The Young Doctors, Prisoner: Cell Block H,  and Sons and Daughters.

Tributes have poured in from co-stars, celebrities and fans across social media.