The British entertainment industry is today mourning the loss of one of its most popular soap stars following the death of Liz Dawn.
The actress, who played Vera Duckworth for 34 years on Coronation Street, last night lost her battle with emphysema – a lung condition she suffered from for several years.
The soap confirmed the star's passing on Twitter moments ago, writing: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have learned our beloved Liz Dawn has passed away last night."
Paying tribute to the iconic actress, the team behind the long-running soap wrote: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have learned our beloved Liz Dawn has passed away last night. Her family at Coronation Street are heartbroken."
"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."
"We have been blessed to have Liz in our lives, as she was such a kind, considerate and caring friend and colleague. As Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth for 34 years, Liz brought so much joy and happiness to so many."
"She was a wonderful actress who will forever be a true Coronation Street legend."
Coronation Street producer, Keiran Roberts, conveyed the esteem within which Liz was held, writing: "Liz Dawn was a true Coronation Street legend, a brilliant actor and a wonderful person."
"Everyone lucky enough to have worked with Liz during her thirty-four years playing Corrie icon Vera Duckworth will remember her with huge affection."
The star's family also issued a statement, saying: "We are devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, the incredible Liz Dawn.
"Liz died peacefully last night at home with her loving family around her. She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing."
Social media users have taken to Twitter to celebrate the life of the star.
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