Corrie star Bill Tarmey dies

Former Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey has died aged 71 in Tenerife. He played Jack Duckworth on the ITV1 soap for 31 years. The show says the cast and crew are "devastated."

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TV stars pay tribute to Corrie veteran Bill Tarmey

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RIP Bill Tarmey aka Jack Duckworth. Known him for many years - always remembered the small things. Ruth & I getting more like Jack & Vera.

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"Lace curtains round the dustbin, that's the Barlows" - Jack Duckworth. RIP BillTarmey.

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Very sad to hear of the death of lovely Bill Tarmey. Thoughts to his family and colleagues at @itvcorrie

Julie Goodyear: This wonderful man will be sadly missed

Actress Julie Goodyear alias Bet Lynch on the set of Coronation Street Credit: Phil Noble/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

Corrie mechanic: I am going to miss Bill very much

Michael Le Vell Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

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."

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Corrie star Nigel Pivaro pays tribute to 'second father'

Nigel Pivaro Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

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