The executive producer of Coronation Street Kieran Roberts has said that Bill Tarmey's character Jack Duckworth was "right up there" among the greatest legends of the soap.
Coronation Street actor Alan Halsall, whose character Tyrone Dobbs looked up to Jack Duckworth as a father figure, said Bill Tarmey was "super talented".
RIP Bill Tarmey aka Jack Duckworth. Known him for many years - always remembered the small things. Ruth & I getting more like Jack & Vera.
"Lace curtains round the dustbin, that's the Barlows" - Jack Duckworth. RIP BillTarmey.
Very sad to hear of the death of lovely Bill Tarmey. Thoughts to his family and colleagues at @itvcorrie
Julie Goodyear, the actress who played Bet Lynch in Coronation Street, said: "This news is so very sad, not just for me but for all his other friends and of course his wife Ali, and all his family.
"This wonderful man will be sadly missed," she added.
Michael Le Vell, who has played the mechanic Kevin Webster in Coronation Street for years, said: "When my dad passed away Bill [Tarmey] became like a surrogate dad to me.
"He and Liz [Dawn] looked after me and got me through those early days and we've been friends ever since ...
"We knew Bill was poorly, but this is still a very great shock. I am going to miss him very much."
Nigel Pivaro, who played the Duckworths' layabout son Terry in Coronation Street, has said he is "devastated" to hear of Bill Tarmey's death.
He said the actor played a "huge part of both my professional and personal life" and that he regarded him as a "second father".
"He was a very wise and dignified man who taught me a great deal and whose counsel I came to value greatly.
"The world will be a little poorer without Bill to lighten it up with his warm humour," he added.
Jack P Shepherd, who plays David Platt in Coronation Street, said:
Just heard the news about Bills death tragic news for everyone #RIPBILL
Nina Nannar's report broadcast in November 2010 reported on Bill Tarmey's departure from Coronation Street after more than 30 years.
It features some classic Jack and Vera scenes:
In this interview from November 2010, Bill Tarmey spoke about filming his last scenes as Jack Duckwork on Coronation Street.
He described it as "very emotional" but said "I'd rather go out with a bang than a whimper."