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.
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