27 Sep 2017

Coronation Street star Liz Dawn dies

7:19 am on 27 September 2017

Coronation Street legend Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in the UK soap for more than 30 years, has died.

Her family said they were "devastated" after the death of the "incredible" 77-year-old.

They added: "She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing."

Dawn died at her home, surrounded by her family, on Monday night. ITV said everyone at Coronation Street was "heartbroken" at the news.

Vera Duckworth was one of Coronation Street's great matriarchs and her stormy relationship with husband Jack, played by Bill Tarmey, provided on-screen drama and humour for years.

She played the role from 1974 until 2008, when an episode featuring Vera's death attracted more than 12 million viewers.

And in 2010 she famously returned as her own ghost in the episode in which Jack Duckworth died.

Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton described her as "a wonderful actress, a fascinating storyteller, a hilarious comedian and most importantly a brilliant friend".

"For many people of my generation, Jack and Vera WERE Coronation Street," he said.

The 77-year-old was diagnosed with emphysema in 2004.

She leaves four children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.