Corrie star Geoffrey Hughes dies aged 68

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 July 2012
Geoffrey Hughes

Geoffrey Hughes

'Coronation Street' actor Geoffrey Hughes has died "peacefully in his sleep" aged 68 after a "long courageous battle" with prostate cancer

Geoffrey Hughes has died aged 68.

The 'Coronation Street' actor - who played binman Eddie Yeats in the ITV1 soap from 1974 to 1983 before returning for his final appearance in November 1987 - passed away "peacefully in his sleep" on Friday night (27.07.12) after a "long courageous battle" with prostate cancer, his family said.

A 'Coronation Street' spokeswoman said in a statement: "We are very sad to hear of the death of Geoffrey Hughes.

"He created a legendary and iconic character in Eddie Yeats who will always be part of 'Coronation Street'.

"Everyone connected with the programme sends our sincerest condolences to his family."

The 'Keeping Up Appearances' star - who played Onslow in the BBC sitcom - previously beat cancer in 2009, but he was told the deadly disease had returned when he collapsed at his home in 2010.

Veteran 'Coronation Street' star Bill Roache - who plays Ken Barlow - paid tribute to the actor, admitting he had "great comedy timing".

He explained: "I am so sorry to hear about Geoffrey. He was a warm, lovable actor, with great comedy timing.

"He will be greatly missed, one of the Street's memorable characters."

Geoffrey was also known for starring in 1960s shows such as 'Z-Cars' and 'The Likely Lads' as well as more recent prorgrammes including 'Heartbeat', in which he played Vernon Scripps, and he starred as Twiggy in 'The Royle Family'.

Former 'Corrie' star Sally Lindsay - who played barmaid Shelley Unwin in the soap - took to twitter to pay tribute to the actor after she made her TV acting debut playing his onscreen girlfriend Michelle in 'The Royle Family' in 2000.

She wrote: "Just found out #Geoff Hughes has died 1st telly job was playing Twiggys girlfriend in The Royle Family,and he was so kind RIP lovely man x (sic)"

Ricky Tomlinson - who plays Jim Royle in the BBC sitcom - added: "Geoff wasn't just an actor. He was my mate. I used to call him every few weeks but hadn't spoken to him in about a fortnight. It's such a loss."

Geoffrey was also the voice of Sir Paul McCartney in the Beatles film 'Yellow Submarine' and made appearances in 'Doctor Who', 'Skins', 'Casualty', 'Boon' and 'The Upper Hand'.

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