Geoffrey Hughes's family said he died on Friday night "peacefully in his sleep" after a "long courageous battle" with prostate cancer.
Hughes, known to millions as playing binman Eddie in Coronation Street during the 1970s and 1980s, was rushed to hospital for intense radiotherapy in 2010 after collapsing at his Isle of Wight home.
The actor had thought he had beaten prostate cancer the previous year, but the star and his wife Sue were given the news the disease had returned.
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