Coronation Street star Bill Tarmey who played Jack Duckworth dies aged 71

Soap legend passes away in Tenerife

‘Coronation Street’ actor Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth in the soap, has died aged 71.

Tarmey quit the show in April 2010 to spend more time with his family having played Duckworth for 30 years.

Fond memories... Bill Tarmey as Jack Duckworth (Copyright: REX)

A spokesperson for the soap said Tarmey died in Tenerife while on holiday.

The actor's family confirmed the news with a statement that read: "The family of Bill Tarmey have confirmed that he sadly passed away this morning in Tenerife. They have respectfully asked the media for privacy as they grieve for a wonderful husband, father and brother."

Tarmey was a heavy smoker and suffered from poor health for a number of years. He had a heart attack in 1976, a stroke the following year and a heart bypass in 1986.

He first appeared as Jack Duckworth in ‘Coronation Street’ in November 1979, when his wife Vera dragged him to Brian and Gail Tilsley's wedding.

RIP... Bill Tarmey as Jack Duckworth (Copyright: REX)

His last appearance was broadcast on 8 November 2010, with ITV also airing a tribute documentary for him.

Having been in the show for 31 years, he was one of the longest-serving characters.
ITV released a statement that read: “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 soul mate Ali and their family at this very sad time.”

He is survived by wife Alma, son Carl and daughter Sara.

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