Jack Duckworth's lonely death
'Coronation Street's Jack Duckworth will die alone on his 74th birthday after receiving a visit from his late wife Vera
Jack Duckworth will die alone on his 74th birthday.
The 'Coronation Street' veteran - who has been played by actor Bill Tarmey for more than 30 years - has been battling terminal cancer and will die at his home while sitting in the same chair his beloved wife Vera (Elizabeth Dawn) passed away in when she died in 2008.
Executive producer of the ITV1 soap Phil Collinson said: "I think Bill has just been astonishing. I think it's an amazing, beautiful, powerful story. It's the sort of story that you actually should tell.
"It's about a man facing up to death. That's something we all have to do. Jack is a hero to so many people."
The producer also confirmed Jack will be reunited with his much-loved late wife Vera shortly before he dies, although he insisted she will not appear as a ghost.
He told the Daily Star newspaper: "Vera doesn't come back as a ghost. She doesn't come floating in on a wire or anything like that. Her appearance is in context.
"It was amazing to see Liz back and it was perfect that one of the last images of Jack alive is the two of them together."