The Royal Family actor Ricky Tomlinson paid tribute to his friend, Geoffrey Huges. He said:
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.
A Coronation Street spokesperson added:
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.
For more on this story, visit ITV Granada.
More top news
The decline of the world's bee population has been well documented but new research suggests the problems bees face are 'manmade'.
Windy and wet into the weekend but colder nights with a chance of patchy frost and ice in places.
China is the world's biggest market for robotics but with plans to double industry machines by 2020, it could be a threat to human workers.