Former Coronation Street actor Geoffrey Hughes has died of cancer. He was 68. The Merseyside-born star died ‘peacefully in his sleep’ on Friday night, according to his family.
His death comes after a ‘long courageous battle’ with prostate cancer. The actor, who lives on the Isle Of Wight, was best known for playing binman Eddie Yates in Corrie for nine years until the early 80s.
He also won over fans as Hyacinth’s lazy brother-in-law Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances. In the Noughties he landed two big roles – playing wheeler dealer Vernon Scripps in Hearbeat and Twiggy in The Royle Family.
A Corrie spokesperson said: ‘We are very sad to hear of the death of Geoffrey Hughes. He created a legendary and iconic character in Eddie Yates who will always be part of Coronation Street. Everyone connected with the programme sends our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.’
Leading the tributes were his former Coronation Street co-star William Roache: ‘I am so sorry to hear about Geoffrey. He was a warm, lovable actor, with great comedy timing.