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'Coronation Street' actor Bill Tarmey dead

Posted on Nov 11, 07:24PM | IANS

Actor Bill Tarmey, best known for playing Jack Duckworth in "Coronation Street", has died. He was 71.

Tarmey, who played the character of Duckworth for 31 years on the British soap opera, died in Canary Islands Friday, reports thesun.co.uk.

A spokesperson of the show confirmed the news and said: "The family of Bill Tarmey have confirmed that he sadly passed away this (Friday) morning in Tenerife. They have respectfully asked the media for privacy as they grieve for a wonderful husband, father and brother."

"The cast, crew and production team of '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."