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It has been revealed that actress Liz Dawn, best known for her role as Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street has sadly passed away.

Her Coronation Street familypaid tribute and said they are "heartbroken" by the news, adding: "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".

She tweeted: "So sad ... the incredible warm hearted, generous and hilarious Liz Dawn has died".

From that moment on, she became one of the street's best loved characters - going on to marry the love of her life Jack Duckworth. She was the one you could go to for advice'. I send my honest condolences to her family.

She added: "She was one of the kindest people I have ever met and my thoughts are with her wonderful family".

The actor, who plays Aaron Dingle, tweeted: "Devastated to hear about the passing of Liz Dawn".

She said her Corrie character Vera and her TV husband Jack Duckworth, played by the late Bill Tarmey, would have been delighted by a 10p tax concession that had been recently announced by Labour.

She had been professionally recognised for her commitment to the role in 2008, where she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards.

Andrew Faulks, from Stans Superstone in St Martins, described the Coronation Street actress as "a delight" when she visited the area in November 1991 to officially open the current building.

Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey Roberts, wrote: "I feel so lucky that I was able to work with dear Liz".

Speaking about her deteriorating health on a celebrity version of The Jeremy Kyle Show in 2014, she said: "I take a lot of tablets".

'I used to live very close to her and she was always inviting us round to the house.

She is survived by her husband Donald Ibberston and four children.

Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster, said: "Liz and Bill were the foundations on which Coronation Street has been built".

She was made an MBE in 2000 for services to charity.

Lindsay, 44, played Shelley Unwin in the ITV soap for around five years and has also starred in the BBC comedy Still Open All Hours.

The former star was reported to be "quite chipper" earlier this month as she recovered in hospital with a lung condition, her spokesman said.

"I've got no energy but once the operation is done I will be looking forward to being as back to my normal self and getting my energy back".