TRIBUTES TO CORRIE LIZ
Corrie star Liz loses lung disease battle
CORONATION Street actress Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth for more than 30 years, has died aged 77. In a statement her family said yesterday: “We are devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother.” They said she died peacefully on Monday night at home “with her loving family around her”. They added: “She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing.” The Corrie team at ITV added: “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 Vera Duckworth for 34 years, Liz brought much joy and happiness to so many. She was a wonderful actress who will forever be a true Coronation Street legend.”
She first appeared on the Street in 1974 before her character moved into No.9 along with hubby Jack, played by the late Bill Tarmey.
After being diagnosed with emphysema, Dawn was written out of the soap in 2008 when Vera died in her sleep.
But two years later she made a moving comeback as the much-loved cobbles resident.
Just before he passed away in 2012, Jack saw a vision of the wife who had spent years nagging him and they shared a last dance together.
Liz was awarded an MBE in the 2000 birthday honours.
TA-RA, CHUCK: Liz with Street hubby Bill Tarmey