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'Coronation Street' Bill Tarmey dies: Reactions from soapland

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Coronation Street legend Bill Tarmey, aka Jack Duckworth, has passed away at the age of 71.

Below are some of the reactions from past and present Corrie cast members and crew, as well as other members of the soap world.

Rovers Return Inn, Bill Tarmey

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Liz Dawn: "Bill was part of my family. When you work with someone for so long, as we did, it becomes more than just work.

"Our families were close and I am devastated for [wife] Ali and his family. I am totally bereft. He will always be remembered by everyone he came into contact with because he was such a kind and generous man. You couldn't wish to meet a more lovely man and a true gentleman. He was a gentle giant and I will miss him so much."

Alan Halsall: "He was very close to me... I worked with him here for many years. He was a wonderful man. On-screen, people knew him as Jack and loved him as Jack, and, you know, the people who knew him off-screen loved him just as much as Bill. I loved him as his character but as a man I love him a lot more."

Michael Le Vell: "Bill met my Dad briefly when I first joined Coronation Street. And when my Dad passed away Bill became like a surrogate Dad to me. He and Liz looked after me and got me through those early days and we've been friends ever since. My heart goes out to Ali and his family. We knew Bill was poorly, but this is still a very great shock. I am going to miss him very much."

Jane Danson: "Bill was one of the loveliest men you could ever wish to meet. He was the first to come over on my first day at work. It was quite daunting meeting icons like Bill and Liz but they made me feel very welcome and at home. Everyone felt as if they knew Bill because he had such a warmth about him on and off screen."

Nigel Pivaro: "I am devastated to learn of the passing of someone who became a huge part of both my professional and personal life, who I came to look on as a second father."

Paul O'Grady: "Ah, poor old Bill, he was a smashing fella and together with Liz Dawn created one of the most tragi-comic double acts in television history with Jack and Vera Duckworth. He was also a great singer. RIP Bill."

Bill Tarmey, to launch his third album, a selection of ballads and blues called 'After Hours', at the HMV store in London's Trocadero centre.

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Denise Welch: "I am so sorry to hear of the sad death of Bill Tarmey, like many people I grew up laughing and crying at the wonderful on screen relationship of Jack and Vera Duckworth.

"I was therefore so honoured to find myself working alongside Bill when I joined the cast of Coronation Street. He was a wonderful actor and a wonderful man and will be sadly missed by everyone whose lives he touched."

Charlie Condou: "I am devastated to hear that the wonderful Bill Tarmey has died. He was a beautiful, funny and lovely man, and he will be missed by us all."

William Roache: "Over the years Coronation Street has produced characters who are really powerful and legendary - Jack Duckworth was one of those... this was down to Bill Tarmey's incredible skills as an actor."

Tina O'Brien: "So sad to hear Bill Tarmey has died, he was such a lovely gentleman, I loved spending time in his company sending all my love to his family."

Andrew Lancel: "Much love to the family of the lovely and legendary Bill Tarmey. A funny man and gent . RIP Bill."

Antony Cotton: "Goodnight Bill Tarmey. You were the best. We'll miss you so much x."

Jack P Shepherd: "Just heard the news about Bills death tragic news for everyone #RIPBILL."

Sally Lindsay: "Bill has passed, So many wonderful memories back on the cobbles of this wonderful,funny man.Rest in peace love xx"

David Kester (Coronation Street director): "The phrase "Corrie Legend" gets bandied about a lot but the brilliant Bill Tarmey was just that. So sad to hear he passed away today. #RIP"

File photo dated 02/07/99 of former Coronation Street stars, Liz Dawn and Bill Tarmey, who played Jack and Vera Duckworth for many years, as Bill Tarmey died this morning, a spokeswoman for the show said.

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Sherrie Hewson: "RIP the truly wonderful Bill Tarmey I am proud to have worked with him. An incredible talent and very true friend God Bless xxxxxx"

Adam Woodyatt (EastEnders): "So sad to hear Bill Tarmey has passed away. My thoughts are with his family, friends and his colleagues at Corrie."

Chris Bisson: "RIP Bill Tarmey Top man Much loved x"

Danny Miller (Emmerdale): "Oh my god!!! So so so sad to hear about the legend Bill Tarmey.. R.I.P."

James Thornton (Emmerdale): "RIP Bill Tarmey Coronation Street legend Jack Duckworth."

John Thomson: "God bless Bill Tarmey. RIP Bill.x"

Vicky Entwistle: "#BillTarmey loved his gorgeous house on Tenerife,always at his happiest there with his family!He entrusted it to me once a generous kind man."

Chris Fountain: "Really sad to hear about bill tarmey passing away, a true Corrie legend who I wish I'd had the pleasure of working with, he will be missed x"

Jennie McAlpine: "Very sad to hear the news about Bill Tarmey. Feel so honoured to have known and worked with him. He was a true great."

Bill Tarmey, Coronation Street

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Michelle Keegan: "Bill Tarmey, an honour to of met such a lovely man. True gent, utter legend. Today's a sad day."

Samia Ghadie: "Deeply saddened to hear Bill Tarmey has passed away. He will be greatly missed. I'm honoured to have known and loved him. RIP Bill xx"

Jonathan Harvey (Coronation Street scriptwriter): "RIP Bill Tarmey. Wonderful actor. Cherished man. x"

Sharon Marshall (This Morning soaps correspondent): "So sorry to hear about Bill Tarmey. It was such an honour to have met him. And such a gentleman."

Debbie Rush: "So sad to here about Bill. A true Corrie legend. Much love xxx"

Paula Lane: "Very upset hear that Bill Tarmey is no longer with us. Disappointed I never met him in person. It's a sad day for Corrie x"

Liam Fox (Emmerdale): "Sad to hear Bill Tarmey has passed away...TV legend and a lovely man by all accounts."

Chris Walker (Doctors): "Just heard the sad news about #billtarmey was a privalige and an honour to work with the legend he was a nice nice man x"

Kym Lomas: "Sleep tight Bill Tarmey. A true legend and a huge loss to us all. Miss you. Goodnight godbless."

Jamie Lomas (Hollyoaks): "So sad to hear the news about Bill Tarmey what a legend and a true gentleman RIP."

Bill Tarmey's Corrie career in pictures:
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