Born in Newcastle, she moved to London in the 1970s and worked for newspapers including the Sun and News of the World before joining the Daily Mirror.
She wrote a weekly column in the Mirror for 13 years, as well as features and interviews and was described as “part of the heart and soul” of the newspaper by editor Richard Wallace.
Carroll also made regular appearances on national radio and TV, expressing forthright views on issues from feckless parents to political correctness.
She died at home at about 11pm on Christmas Day.
Wallace said: “Until the final few days, she was still doing what she loved the most: reading the papers and giving her inimitable thoughts on the world around us – with, of course, the odd no-nonsense rant thrown in.”
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