Liz Dawn, Coronation Street's Vera Duckworth, dies aged 77

Liz Dawn, Coronation Street's Vera Duckworth, dies aged 77”

Actress Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street has died aged 77, her family announced today.

In a statement, her family said they were "devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother".

Dawn's family said in a statement that the actress died "peacefully in her sleep" Monday night.

"Coronation Street" has fans around the globe - including rapper Snoop Dogg, who recorded a message to mark its 50th anniversary in 2010.

At the time of her departure from the soap, Liz confessed to The Sun that the hardest thing about leaving the show was saying goodbye to Bill, with whom she was close friends.

Shayne Ward, who joined the ITV soap in 2015, was among the first to pay his respects to the Corrie legend, who passed away peacefully at home following complications with her emphysema.

In 2012, Tarmey died in Spain. "Love to her family".

Born Sylvia Butterfield, Dawn was a nightclub singer before beginning an acting career with television commercials and guest appearances. She touched the hearts of everyone she met and gave so much back with her charity work.

The Voice is celebrating its 35th birthday this year.

Talking about the role, Dawn said: "I love my character".

"Giving them all a run for their money in the B&B on Christmas Day.

I'm thinking about Don and all their family who Liz adored. a light had gone out in Weatherfield a few years ago, but now Manchester too, has lost a little of its sparkle".

"Everyone lucky enough to have worked with Liz during her thirty-four years playing Corrie icon Vera Duckworth will remember her with huge affection".

The sad news was broken by the official Coronation Street twitter account, which simply wrote: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have learned our beloved Liz Dawn has passed away last night".

Coronation Street producer, Keiran Roberts, conveyed the esteem within which Liz was held, writing: "Liz Dawn was a true Coronation Street legend, a brilliant actor and a wonderful person".

"It's nice to have a local link to someone like Liz, and it's terribly sad to hear of her passing".

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