"Geoff wasn't just an actor. He was my mate. I used to call him every few weeks but hadn't spoken to him in about a fortnight. It's such a loss."
– ACTOR RICKY TOMLINSON
"We are very sad to hear of the death of Geoffrey Hughes. He created a legendary and iconic character in Eddie Yates who will always be part of Coronation Street. Everyone connected with the programme sends our sincerest condolences to his family and friends."
– CORONATION STREET SPOKESPERSON
Former Coronation Street and Royle Family star Geoffrey Hughes lost his battle against cancer last night, his friend and colleague Ricky Tomlinson confirmed to ITV. The 68 year old had been receiving radiotherapy in August 2010 after collapsing at his home on the Isle of Wight.