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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Vera Duckworth actress: Bill was part of my family

Coronation Street stars Liz Dawn and Bill Tarmey collect an award in 2002 Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

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."

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