Bill Tarmey has died

Bill Tarmey

Bill Tarmey

Former 'Coronation Street' star Bill Tarmey - famous for playing Jack Duckworth - has died at the age of 71, his family have announced.

Former 'Coronation Street' star Bill Tarmey has died.

The 71-year-old actor - famous for playing pigeon-loving rogue Jack Duckworth in the ITV1 soap for more than 30 years before leaving in 2010 - passed away in Tenerife this morning (08.11.12).

His family are asking for "privacy as they grieve for a wonderful husband, father and brother".

A statement from 'Coronation Street' said the cast, crew and production team were "devastated" to learn of his death.

A number of the show's current stars took to twitter to pay tribute to Bill.

Antony Cotton - who plays Sean Tully - wrote: "Goodnight Bill Tarmey. You were the best. We'll miss you so much x"

Charlie Condou ‏- who portrays gay sonographer Marcus Dent - tweeted: "I am devastated to hear that the wonderful Bill Tarmey has died. He was a beautiful, funny and lovely man, and he will be missed by us all."

And tributes have also flooded in from the entertainment world, with 'This Morning' presenter Eamonn Holmes - who is married to Ruth Langsford - posting on twitter: "RIP Bill Tarmey aka Jack Duckworth. Known him for many years - always remembered the small things. Ruth & I getting more like Jack & Vera. (sic)"

Bill was famed for his on-screen partnership with Liz Dawn, who played Jack's battleaxe wife Vera.

Bill - who suffered a minor heart attack following a bypass operation in 2002 - left 'Coronation Street' to care for his son Carl, who was battling a life-threatening brain tumour.

As well as Carl, he and his wife Alma also had a daughter, Sara.


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