Antony Cotton - The Funeral Of Tony Warren. Scriptwriter best know for creating Coronation Street is laid to rest. Manchester Cathedral, Manchester - Manchester, United Kingdom - Friday 18th March 2016
Allison King , Antony Cotton - Coronation Street cast arrive at Euston Stationa ahead of the National Television Awards at National Television Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 20th January 2016
The star had been suffering from poor health for half his life having had a heart attack at the age of 35 and a stroke only a year later. He had two heart bypass operations in his life and smoked cigarettes until his death despite needing an oxygen mask to help him to breathe. His death comes only two years after he retired from Corrie; which, incidentally, was due to his rapidly failing health. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years Alma, his son Carl, 38, and his daughter Sara, 42, and members of his family have released this statement: 'The family of Bill Tarmey have confirmed that he sadly passed away this morning in Tenerife. They have respectfully asked the media for privacy as they grieve for a wonderful husband, father and brother.'
His Corrie castmates have left tribute messages for him on Twitter: Charlie Condou who plays Marcus Dent wrote, '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' and Antony Cotton who plays Sean Tully's message read, 'Goodnight Bill Tarmey. You were the best. We'll miss you so much x.'
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.