Corrie's Bill Tarmey funeral

Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth, has died in Tenerife.

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Corrie's Vera, actress Liz Dawn, 'totally bereft' at Bill Tarmey's death

Bill Tarmey and Liz Dawn collecting awards together in 2002 Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

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."

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