It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of actress Liz Dawn. She was 77 years old.
Dawn, who played the iconic Vera Duckworth on Britain’s longest-running show, Coronation Street, died late Monday night after a long battle with emphysema, a lung condition in which the air sacs are damaged.
The actress was surrounded by her family, and they have since released a statement expressing their devastation over their loss.
“She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing,” read the statement.
Dawn’s Coronation Street family also had some words to share about their legendary co-star. They praised for being “such a kind, considerate, and caring friend and colleague.”
“She was a wonderful actress who will forever be a true Coronation Street legend,” they added.
Dawn starred as dramatic, but funny and lovable Vera on the soap from 1974 to 2008, before her character was killed off. Her final episode was viewed by more than 12 million people.
It wouldn’t be a soap, if a character didn’t make a dramatic comeback somehow. So in 2010 Dawn returned to Coronation Street to play her own ghost in an episode.
Not only did Dawn leave a huge mark on the entertainment industry, she also had a massive impact on her community and people around her. In 2000, she was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), which is given to individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the arts and sciences, charity and public service.
The actress and her on screen partner, Jack, were immortalized in wax by Madame Tussauds in 2014.
Since news of Dawn’s death, her fellow celebrities, inlcuding her former castmates began to post tributes on social media.