THE twin sister of an animal lover who passed away from an extremely rare form of liver cancer has paid tribute to her.

Amanda Sackville-Wiggins, 23, passed away on the evening of Wednesday, March 25 after a two-year battle with the illness.

Amanda had been diagnosed with the cancer shortly after her 21st birthday.

The cancer in Amanda’s liver had sadly also spread to her lungs and surrounding lymph nodes.

Amanda was told that there is no specific treatment for the condition, called fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, because it is so rare.

Doctors said there were only around 200 cases of the illness worldwide.

The Star covered Amanda and her family's efforts to fund a potentially lifesaving £80,000 form of immunotherapy treatment which was not available on the National Health Service.

Animal-lover Amanda had studied an animal welfare course at John Moores University in Liverpool. She had also been hoping to go on to do a Masters degree and go into research but her illness had put the plans on hold.

Twin sister Rhiannon, from Borough Road, paid tribute to Amanda.

She said: "I’m sorry to let everyone know that Amanda passed away.

"Words can’t explain how I feel right now. I was so lucky to have a best friend and sister all in one.

"You mean the world to me. I am so proud how how strong you was. I’m so glad that you are finally not suffering any more."

Another tribute said: "Amanda was a true fighter and an inspiration to us all shine bright like a diamond you will be the biggest brightest star."