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« Reply #225 on: November 10, 2012, 07:07:47 am »

Coro Street star Bill Tarmey dies


Actor William "Bill" Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth on Coronation Street for more than 30 years, has died.

He was 71.

His family confirmed to British media he died on Friday morning while on holiday in Tenerife, Spain, and asked for "privacy as they grieve for a wonderful husband, father and brother". 

He leaves behind his childhood sweetheart Alma, who he had been married to for 50 years, and two children.
Having played one of the Street's most beloved characters since 1979, Tarmey left the soap in 2010 in an emotional storyline. 

As well as suffering ill health himself, Tarmey left Coronation Street to help care for his son Carl, who was battling a brain tumour.

He told ITV Granada earlier this year: "If this hadn't happened, they would've had to drag me out of there screaming. It was a wonderful bloody job, especially for an old coffin-dodger."

Tarmey was a heavy smoker all his life and at the age of 35 suffered a severe heart attack and then a stroke a year later. 

He underwent bypass surgery after suffering another heart attack in 2002. 

Jack and his nagging wife Vera were considered British icons by many, and the loveable rogue who had a soft-spot for pigeons was one of the most popular characters.

Tributes from Coronation Street co-stars have been pouring in. 

Liz Dawn, who played Tarmey's on-screen wife Vera Duckworth until 2008, said: "I am totally bereft. He will always be remembered by everyone he came into contact with because he was such a kind and generous man."

Vicky Entwistle, who plays Janice Battersby on the soap, said Tarmey would be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have worked with him.

"He was just such a lovely man to have around," she said. 

"So warm and always full of fun. The character of Jack was such a jack the lad, there was that wonderful mischievous side to him. He was so well loved by everyone - just a beautiful kind man."

On the show, Jack had been left heartbroken for two years as he carried on after Vera died.

They were reunited one last time in Tarmey's final episode as they appeared to be dancing together while a dying Jack drifted in and out of consciousness.

Some 11 million people across the UK tuned in to watch Jack pass peacefully in his armchair.


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