After Battle with Lymphoma, '24' Actress Alberta Watson Passes Away

Canadian film and TV actress Alberta Watson passes away at age 60 after battle with lymphoma

Canadian actress and star of "24" and "Nikita" Alberta Watson died at age 60 last week after a lengthy battle with lymphoma.

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of the luminous Alberta Watson," agent Pam Winter said in a statement. "Alberta died in the arms of her beloved [husband] Ken."

A memorial service has been planned, but details weren't immediately available.

Watson passed away at Toronto's Kensington Hospice after an acting career that spanned 40 years, memorable most recently for her role as counterterrorism special agent Erin Driscoll in Fox's hit series "24." Per The Hollywood Reporter, her career began with a local theater group before moving on to regular film and TV work in Canada during the 1970s.

In addition to a long TV resume, Watson also played prominent roles in David O. Russell's 1994 film "Spanking the Monkey" and 2007's "The Lookout," co-starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels. Her breakthrough role came in 1978's "In Praise of Older Women."

Watson was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1998 and continued working as she battled the disease.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), lymphoma is "a cancer that starts in cells that are part of the body's immune system."

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) accounts for about 4 percent of all cancer cases in the United States. It's estimated that nearly 72,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with NHL in 2015 — and that nearly 20,000 others will die from the disease in 2015, according to the ACS.