Coro's Bill Tarmey dies

Bill Tarmey left Coronation Street in 2010 after three decades on the show. Photo / Supplied
Bill Tarmey left Coronation Street in 2010 after three decades on the show. Photo / Supplied

British actor Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth on Coronation Street for more than 30 years, has died aged 71.

Tarmey's family confirmed that he died in Tenerife, Spain, on Friday, and asked for "privacy as they grieve for a wonderful husband, father and brother".

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

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

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."

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