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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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Bill Roache pays tribute to late star

Bill Roache, aka Ken Barlow, says late co-star Bill Tarmey was 'one of the top few legendary characters that the theatre has produced.' Credit: PA

Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, has paid tribute to his late co-star Bill Tarmey, describing the actor as "one of the top few legendary characters that the theatre has produced" in an obituary he wrote in The Sun.

"I’ve known Bill many, many years, and he was always friendly and warm," Mr. Roache wrote. "We used to have a joke about my singing. I can’t sing and he was a really, really good singer.

"He sang with the Hallé Orchestra and he also produced albums."

Bill Tarmey, top left and Bill Roache, bottom right, together at the show's 25 anniversary party in 1985. Credit: PA

"He was always good-natured, always warm. He was a rock. He was one of those people who was like a father figure. He always had the sensible answer to things.

"Just a lovely man to have around and I feel really, really sad even though we knew he had been ill and his health wasn’t good."

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