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Liz 'Vera Duckworth' Dawn has passed away

BACK IN THE DAY: Liz Dawn, right, as 'Coronation Street's' Vera Duckworth alongside on-screen husband Jack, played by Bill Tarmey (image credit: ITV)

SYLVIA BUTTERFIELD, better known as Liz Dawn to 'Coronation Street' fans, died last night after being confined to her home for weeks due to complications arising from her emphysema.

Beloved Dawn played Vera Duckworth on ITV's flagship soap opera from 1974-2008.

The decorated MBE's family released a statement this morning:

"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."

In 2008 Coronation Street killed-off Dawn's character Vera, leaving her on-screen husband Jack (played by Bill Tarmey) alone on the cobbles until his on-screen death in 2010, when Dawn appeared as a ghost. Tarmey himself sadly died in 2012 and Dawn bared her feelings at the time, speaking of their deep bond:

"Bill was my best friend and I loved him dearly. I will never meet anybody so kind and generous. He had the heart of a lion and I miss him terribly."

Credit: YouTube/Coronation Street

Coronation Street released its own statement:

"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."

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