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'Coronation Street's Geoffrey Hughes dies: Stars pay tribute

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Celebrities have paid tribute to Geoffrey Hughes, who lost his battle to prostate cancer last night (July 27) aged 68.

The actor played Eddie Yeats in Coronation Street and went on to star as Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances, Twiggy in The Royle Family and Vernon Scripps in Heartbeat.

Derek Fowlds and Geoffrey Hughes in 'Heartbeat'

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Geoffrey Hughes and Mary Miller in 'Keeping up Appearances'.

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Charlie Condou (Marcus Dent in Coronation Street): "The wonderful Geoffrey Hughes (Eddie Yates) has lost his battle with cancer. RIP and thanks for all the laughs x"

Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs in Coronation Street): "Very sad to hear the news about Geoffrey Hughes. May he R.I.P xx My thoughts are with his family & friends !!"

Andrew Lancel (played Frank Foster in Coronation Street): "Rip Geoffrey Hughes. Lovely man. Lovely actor"

Helen Worth (Gail McIntyre in Coronation Street): "Geoff was a very dear friend for many years, and I'm very sad to hear the news of his passing. He was a master of gentle comedy and brought pleasure to so many people. He will be sadly missed."

Bill Roache (Ken Barlow in Coronation Street): "I am so sorry to hear about Geoffrey. He was a warm, loveable actor with great comedy timing. He will be greatly missed. One of the street's memorable characters."

Jeremy Vine: "Very sad to hear that Coronation Street legend Geoffrey Hughes has died."

Derren Litten (Benidorm creator): "Oh dear, more sad news. Actor Geoffrey Hughes has died. Tried to work with him on Benidorm & was told his health was bad. RIP"

Ricky Tomlinson (actor and friend): "Geoff wasn't just an actor. He was my mate. I used to call him every few weeks but hadn't spoken to him in about a fortnight. It's such a loss."

Corrie spokesperson: "We are very sad to hear of the death of Geoffrey Hughes. He created a legendary and iconic character in Eddie Yates who will always be part of Coronation Street. Everyone connected with the programme sends our sincerest condolences to his family and friends."

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