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Coronation Street's Liz Dawn dead aged 77: Soap legend who played Vera Duckworth dies after suffering lung condition

Mirror logo Mirror 26/09/2017

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Coronation Street legend Liz Dawn has died, the soap confirmed today.

The star spent more than two weeks being cared for by doctors when she developed severe breathing problems.

Corrie legend's highlights in pictures (Mirrorpix)

LIZ DAWN PLAYED CORONATION STREET'S VERA DUCKWORTH FOR OVER 30 YEARS: Born Sylvia Butterfield, on 8 Nov 1939, Liz Dawn grew up in Leeds, where her father worked as an engineer. Aged eight, she fell and badly cut her lip. She would have suffered a lasting deformity, had it not been for a skilled plastic surgeon visiting the city at the time, who was able to repair the damage. Liz Dawn tribute: With news of the Coronation Street star's passing, we look back some of her highlights.

Friends and family of the 77-year-old, who played Vera Duckworth for 34 years, were left “fearing the worse” two weeks ago.

In a tweet today the soap said: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have learned our beloved Liz Dawn has passed away last night."

Liz, a former heavy smoker, suffered from the lung condition emphysema for several years. She had a pacemaker fitted in 2013 after having a heart attack while on holiday in Spain.

In June she had surgery linked to her heart condition but she fell ill again and was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital, Greater Manchester, in late August.

Ex-Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn has passed away Ex-Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn has passed away Her family kept a constant vigil by her bedside. Liz’s mood was also boosted by a visit from her recently born great-grandson, the son of grandson Luke Ibbotson and his wife Nicola.

She was also cheered by messages of support from fellow Corrie stars including Alan Halsall and Samia Ghadie, who play Tyrone Dobbs and Maria Sutherland in the ITV soap.

Liz first appeared on the cobbles in 1974, quickly becoming a viewer favourite ­alongside on-screen husband Jack, played by Bill Tarmey.

File picture of Liz Dawn arriving for the British Soap Awards 2008 © PA File picture of Liz Dawn arriving for the British Soap Awards 2008 She left in 2008 but made one last ­appearance in 2010 when her ghost visited Jack before he passed away.

Bill died of a heart attack, aged 71, at his holiday home in Tenerife two years later.

Speaking recently about her health problems, Liz said: “If it wasn’t for the doctors, I wouldn’t be here today.

“My health is very bad these days. I just have to get on with things.”

Liz with Corrie co-stars William Tarmey, Peter Dudley, Lynne Perri, Bernard Youens and Jean Alexander Liz with Corrie co-stars William Tarmey, Peter Dudley, Lynne Perri, Bernard Youens and Jean Alexander Liz's family paid a touching tribute to her.

They said in a statement: "We are devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, the incredible Liz Dawn.

"Liz died peacefully last night at home with her loving family around her.

"She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing."

Ex-Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn is now back at home after a short spell in hospital © Sunday Mirror Ex-Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn is now back at home after a short spell in hospital A statement was also released by Coronation Street.

It said: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have learned our beloved Liz Dawn has passed away last night. Her family at Coronation Street are heartbroken.

"We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathy at this very sad time to Liz’s devoted husband Don, her loving children Graham, Dawn, Ann and Julie, their families and her six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Liz was a much-loved Corrie favourite © PA Liz was a much-loved Corrie favourite "We have been blessed to have Liz in our lives, as she was such a kind, considerate and caring friend and colleague. As Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth for 34 years, Liz brought so much joy and happiness to so many.

"She was a wonderful actress who will forever be a true Coronation Street legend."

On behalf of ITV and the programme Coronation Street’s Executive producer, Kieran Roberts, said: "Liz Dawn was a true Coronation Street legend, a brilliant actor and a wonderful person. Everyone lucky enough to have worked with Liz during her thirty-four years playing Corrie icon Vera Duckworth will remember her with huge affection."

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