Liz Dawn, who played Bill Tarmey's on-screen wife Vera Duckworth, has said she is "totally bereft" at news of his death.
She said: "Bill was part of my family. When you work with someone for as long as we did it becomes more than just work.
"Our families were close and I am devastated for Ali and his family. I am totally bereft.
"He will always be remembered by everyone he came into contact with because he was such a kind and generous man.
"You couldn't wish to meet a more lovely man and a true gentleman. He was a gentle giant and I will miss him so much."
Liz Dawn pays tribute to her on screen husband Bill Tarmey who died last week.
Coronation Street star Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth for many years, died this morning.