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Remembering Coronation Street legend Johnny Briggs

After the sad news of his death at the weekend, Sharon Marshall pays tribute to Johnny Briggs, who played Corrie icon Mike Baldwin. 

The actor was a fixture on the cobbles, making his name as Cockney businessman Barlow for 30 years and becoming one of the ITV soap's most memorable characters.

A statement from his family said Briggs died peacefully after a long illness.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father, Johnny Briggs," the statement said.

"He passed away peacefully this morning after a long illness, with family by his side. He was 85.

"We politely ask for privacy at this time, so that we can quietly grieve as a family and remember the wonderful times we had with him."

The Coronation Street Twitter account paid tribute, saying the Baldwin character was "one of the most iconic the Street has ever known".

Briggs was appointed an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours in December 2006.

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