The family of Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth for 34 years, said they are “devastated and heartbroken” following her death.
They said the 77-year-old died peacefully on Monday night at home “with her loving family around her”.
They added: “She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing.”
Coronation Street said in a statement that “her family at Coronation Street are heartbroken. Liz brought so much joy and happiness to so many.
“She was a wonderful actress who will forever be a true Coronation Street legend.”
After being diagnosed with emphysema, Dawn was written out of the soap in 2008, when Vera died in her sleep. In 2015, she came out of retirement to do a cameo in Emmerdale’s Christmas special.
Meanwhile. actor Tony Booth, who played “Scouse git” Mike in 1960s sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, has also died, his family announced.
Booth, 85, who was the father of Cherie Blair, died on Monday night. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2004 and had also suffered heart problems.
A statement released on behalf of his wife Steph Booth said: “It is with sadness we announce the death of Antony Booth, actor and political campaigner.”
Booth’s character in the hugely popular sitcom reflected his own left-wing political beliefs.