Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow, has died at the age of 60.
A statement from the soap said: "It is with great sadness that David Beckett has confirmed tonight that his beloved wife and Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride has passed away peacefully in a Manchester hospital after a short illness."
The programme's cast and crew said they were "heartbroken and deeply saddened" at the loss of Anne who has been a Coronation Street icon for 44 years.
Corrie actress Anne Kirkbride cast a long shadow over the NTAs with the cast of rival soap EastEnders even dedicating their prize to her.
Her onscreen husband gave a touching tribute to actress Anne Kirkbride who died earlier this week.
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