Soap star Bill Tarmey dies

Corrie's Jack and Vera Duckworth

Corrie's Jack and Vera Duckworth

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Coronation Street star Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth for many years, died this morning.

The 71-year-old left the soap in 2010 after more than 30 years playing the pigeon-fancying, loveable rogue alongside Liz Dawn, who played his wife Vera.

A life-long heavy smoker, he suffered a minor heart attack following a bypass operation in 2002.

A spokeswoman for Coronation Street announced his death.

It is believed he died while on a family holiday in Tenerife.

Antony Cotton, who plays Sean Tully in the show, paid tribute on Twitter saying: ''Goodnight Bill Tarmey. You were the best. We'll miss you so much x''

A statement from the show said: ''The cast, crew and production team at Coronation Street are devastated to hear of Bill's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill's wife and soulmate Ali and their family at this very sad time.''

His family asked ''for privacy as they grieve for a wonderful husband, father and brother''.

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1:41pm Fri 9 Nov 12

sotonwinch09 says...

Nice local news.
Nice local news. sotonwinch09
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2:25pm Fri 9 Nov 12

ToastyTea says...

Sad yes, but I don't know who he is and I don't know what this has to do with Southampton.
Sad yes, but I don't know who he is and I don't know what this has to do with Southampton. ToastyTea
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2:40pm Fri 9 Nov 12

murfmeister says...

local indeed!:?
local indeed!:? murfmeister
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8:21pm Fri 9 Nov 12

bazzeroz says...

'Vera, Vera get those pigs out of the bedroom, it stinks in here' 'Open the window Jack if it's that bad' 'What? and let my pigeons out?'
'Vera, Vera get those pigs out of the bedroom, it stinks in here' 'Open the window Jack if it's that bad' 'What? and let my pigeons out?' bazzeroz
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3:30pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Doctor Watson says...

Talking of pigs. A few pig-ignorant comments on here. A national treasure passes away and out come the pathetic 'not local news' comments.

Insular individuals, the lot of you.
Talking of pigs. A few pig-ignorant comments on here. A national treasure passes away and out come the pathetic 'not local news' comments. Insular individuals, the lot of you. Doctor Watson
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5:30pm Sat 10 Nov 12

chance1002 says...

god bless rest in peace everyone in blackpool
god bless rest in peace everyone in blackpool chance1002
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7:22pm Sat 10 Nov 12

bazzeroz says...

Doctor Watson wrote:
Talking of pigs. A few pig-ignorant comments on here. A national treasure passes away and out come the pathetic 'not local news' comments.

Insular individuals, the lot of you.
I hope you don't mean me! My few words were a tribute, all be it an old joke.
[quote][p][bold]Doctor Watson[/bold] wrote: Talking of pigs. A few pig-ignorant comments on here. A national treasure passes away and out come the pathetic 'not local news' comments. Insular individuals, the lot of you.[/p][/quote]I hope you don't mean me! My few words were a tribute, all be it an old joke. bazzeroz
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9:39pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Doctor Watson says...

bazzeroz wrote:
Doctor Watson wrote:
Talking of pigs. A few pig-ignorant comments on here. A national treasure passes away and out come the pathetic 'not local news' comments.

Insular individuals, the lot of you.
I hope you don't mean me! My few words were a tribute, all be it an old joke.
No bazzeroz

I got your comment.
[quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Doctor Watson[/bold] wrote: Talking of pigs. A few pig-ignorant comments on here. A national treasure passes away and out come the pathetic 'not local news' comments. Insular individuals, the lot of you.[/p][/quote]I hope you don't mean me! My few words were a tribute, all be it an old joke.[/p][/quote]No bazzeroz I got your comment. Doctor Watson
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