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'Coronation Street': Details of character departure revealed?

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Hayley Cropper will reportedly leave Coronation Street next year in an exit storyline which sees her diagnosed with cancer.

Julie Hesmondhalgh - who has played Hayley since 1998 - announced her intention to leave the ITV soap earlier this year.

Roy decides to play chess against Mary for the evening instead of attending Hayley's dance class presentation

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Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh, centre) with Roy (David Nielsen) and Mary (Patti Clare)



Corrie sources have claimed that the storyline - first rumoured in January - will be "heartbreaking" for Hayley and her husband Roy (David Neilson).

However, the Daily Star reports that it is not clear at this stage whether Hayley will live or die.

"Getting the news that she's got cancer is a massive blow," claimed a production insider. "Hayley will put up a fight, but whether she wins is another matter.

"Her diagnosis may be fatal, or she may well beat it but decide life is too short to stay in Weatherfield and head off on a globe-trotting adventure. It's going to be heartbreaking saying goodbye to Hayley."

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Hayley and Roy with Roy's mum Sylvia Goodwin (Stephanie Cole)



Roy and Hayley's marriage will apparently face a major test as the cafe owner struggles to come to terms with his wife's diagnosis, leading to emotional scenes when he finds her drinking in the Rovers Return.

Accusing her of failing to take her diagnosis seriously, he will reportedly tell Hayley that she can't carry on pretending that "nothing is wrong" following the news.

The soap's production team are said to have been working closely with cancer charities and health professionals to ensure that the storyline is carefully handled and as realistic as possible.

Hesmondhalgh is expected to bow out of Coronation Street in January 2014.

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