Liz Dawn, the actress who played Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street, has sadly died aged 77.
The Leeds born star passed away peacefully at her home last night after a long battle with emphysema.
In a statement her family said they were devastated:
Liz made her name as the argumentative Vera Duckworth, a much-loved character in Coronation Street and one of the longest-serving members of the cast.
With screen husband, Jack (played by Bill Tarmey), they became one of the soap world's most popular - and quarrelsome - couples.
Dawn first set foot on the cobbles as a factory worker in 1974 .
She was on the soap for 34 years, until her character was written out of the ITV show in 2008 at the actress's request.
The episode in which her character died peacefully in her sleep in her armchair was seen by more than 12 million viewers.
She returned for a one-off appearance as Vera's ghost in 2010 for Tarmey's final scenes.
She later said of life in a soap: "It does take over your life.
"People don't realise. They think you've had a charmed life. They don't see that you've brought up four children and learnt lines on the train."
Dawn had four children and was married twice - to miner Walter Bradley in 1957, with whom she had her first child, and to electrician Donald Ibbertson in 1965.
Our correspondent Rob Smith has this report:
Stars from the show have also taken to social media to express their sadness over the news:
A statement from Coronation Street: