Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:51:41 GMT

''Coronation Street'' star Bill Tarmey dies

London, Nov 11 (PTI) Bill Tarmey, one of ''Coronation Street''s most beloved stars, has died at the age of 71.

The actor passed away in Tenerife. He is survived by his wife Alma and their two children, son Carl and daughter Sara, reported Daily Mail online.

A statement from the family of the actor 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."
And a statement from ''Coronation Street'' 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 soulmate Ali and their family at this very sad time."
Tarmey played Jack Duckworth for 27 years. He left the soap in 2009 after suffering health problems, but was persuaded to stay with the show to help celebrate its 50th anniversary the following year.

His arguments with on-screen wife Vera, his spectacles held together with a plaster, his endless can''t-fail schemes and self-professed way with the ladies, all made Jack Duckworth a legend.

He made his first appearance on the show in 1979, and went on to become one of its institutions. By the time he left the show, Tarmey was the second longest-serving actor on it, behind William Roache (Ken Barlow).

Away from the soap, Tarmey was a well-regarded singer, with several albums to his name.

His autobiography ''Being Jack My Life on the Street and Other Adventures'' was published in 2010.

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