Bill Roache struck down with pneumonia

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Bill Roache

Bill Roache

Bill Roache was rushed to hospital after being struck down with pneumonia, but he now recovering at home and still hopes to celebrate his 80th birthday on Wednesday (25.04.12) with a party.

Bill Roache has been struck down with pneumonia.

The 79-year-old actor - who plays Ken Barlow in 'Coronation Street' - was rushed to hospital suffering from the disease following a speaking tour to Canada, but he is now recovering at home and still hopes to celebrate his 80th birthday on Wednesday (25.04.12) with a party.

A source close to Bill - who is in a relationship with 43-year-old weather girl Emma Jesson - said: "Everyone was concerned for him but he's such a battler and he never lets anything get a hold of him.

"Pneumonia can be a killer for older people but Bill has always taken care of his health and well-being and that's why he's in such remarkable shape.

"He's planning a party to celebrate his 80th birthday and wild horses wouldn't keep him away from that. He can't wait to be with his family and friends."

Following the loss of Bill's co-star Betty Driver - who played barmaid Betty Williams in the ITV1 soap - who died aged 91 last year after being admitted to hospital with pneumonia, there was particular concern for the actor.

A source added to The People newspaper: "Having had that happen to his friend so recently, everyone was very concerned for Bill, but he was able to fight off the symptoms."

Bill's daughter Edwina also died from acute bronchial pneumonia in 1984, aged just 18 months.

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