The actress who played Vera Duckworth - the battle-axe wife of Bill Tarmey's character Jack - has said Bill was "part of my family".
Liz Dawn said: "When you work with someone for so long, as we did, it becomes more than just work.
"Our families were close and I am devastated for Ali and his family. I am totally bereft.
"He will always be remembered by everyone he came into contact with because he was such a kind and generous man."
A look back at Bill Tarmey's life before and after he walked down the famous pebbles of Coronation Street.
Fellow Coronation Street actors have remembered Bill Tarmey as a caring father figure both on and off screen.
Former Coronation Street star Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth in the soap, died this morning in Tenerife aged 71, his family said.