Coronation Street star Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth for many years, died this morning.
The 71-year-old left the soap in 2010 after more than 30 years playing the pigeon-fancying, loveable rogue alongside Liz Dawn, who played his wife Vera.
A life-long heavy smoker, he suffered a minor heart attack following a bypass operation in 2002.
– Tarmey family spokesperson
"The family of Bill Tarmey have confirmed that he sadly passed away this morning in Tenerife.
"They have respectfully asked the media for privacy as they grieve for a wonderful husband, father and brother."
– ITV spokesperson
"The cast, crew and production team at Coronation Street are devastated to hear of Bill's death.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill's wife and soulmate Ali and their family at this very sad time."
It is believed he died while on a family holiday in Tenerife.
Antony Cotton, who plays Sean Tully in the show, paid tribute on Twitter saying: "Goodnight Bill Tarmey. You were the best. We'll miss you so much x"