Liz 'Vera Duckworth' Dawn has passed away

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Coronation Street stars have led tributes to Liz Dawn following her death.

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.

"We are devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, the incredible Liz Dawn". I used to live very close to her and she was always inviting us round to the house.

Dawn died at her home, surrounded by her family, on Monday night, according to a statement from ITV.

"Everyone lucky enough to have worked with Liz during her 34 years playing Corrie icon Vera Duckworth will remember her with huge affection".

Coronation Street's executive producer Kieron Roberts added: 'Liz Dawn was a true Coronation Street legend, a brilliant actor and a wonderful person.

The actor who was born in Liverpool on 9 October 1931 achieved national fame as Mike Rawlins, the lazy "Scouse git" in comedy series Till Death Us Do Part.

Coronation Street has charted the goings-on in the fictional northern England community of Weatherfield since 1960 with a blend of dramatic story-lines and down-to-earth humour.

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"I love my character".

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.

In 2000, Dawn was chosen as the Lady Mayoress of Leeds and was awarded an MBE in October of that year for services to charity, having helped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for hospitals in the Manchester and Leeds areas.

She tweeted: "Just heard the awful news of our lovely Liz Dawns passing". She will be so missed. "What a feisty lady she is!", she said at the time, of Mrs Winterbottom.

Are you a Coronation Street fan? That's what we've got to be thinking about today - her wonderfulness and a very amusing actress'. Liz was a wonderful actress, a fascinating storyteller, a hilarious comedian and most importantly a brilliant friend.

"I'm thinking about Don and all their family who Liz adored". She was a lot cleverer than people thought she was, in regards to acting.