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'Coronation Street' actor Bill Tarmey's life and career in pictures

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Bill Tarmey, Coronation Street, Liz Dawn

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Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey sadly passed away this morning (November 9) in Tenerife at the age of 71.

Tarmey played the much-loved Jack Duckworth in the soap from 1979 to 2010.

A statement released from Corrie today read: "The cast, crew and production team at 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."

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We take a look back at Tarmey's life and career in pictures - including his portrayal of the nation's favourite work-shy and pigeon-loving Jack Duckworth - below.

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