Coronation Street star dies aged 78

Coronation Street star dies aged 78

Coronation Street star Peter Armitage - who played Kevin Webster's dad Bill - has died at the age of 78.

He had three spells as Kevin Webster's father, Bill Webster on long-running soap opera, appearing in the role in 1984, then from 1995 to 1997 and most recently from 2006 to 2011.

Peter's former "Corrie" co-star Charles Lawson announced news of his death on Twitter, but his cause of death remains unknown.

Tributes for Peter followed after Charlie's announcement from many of his old Coronation Street friends.

At present the reason for Peter's death has not been revealed.

Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Battersby, added: 'So sorry to hear this, lovely man. Thoughts to family and friends'. Current cast members including Simon Greyson and Georgia Taylor commented on the sad news.

And Maria Longchambon, who stars as Maria Connor, wrote: "So sorry to hear this Charlie. He was a lovely man xxx". "Pete was such a lovely man, he'll be sadly missed".

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Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Peter starred alongside Sherrie Hewson on the soap, with her character Maureen Webster departing Weatherfield for Germany with Bill. He told The Mirror: "I've put my life on hold for the past few months, but as soon as the ileostomy is reversed - hopefully next month - I'd love to get back to work again".

He worked as a builder before retiring in 2010, when he went on to have an affair with Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) after getting engaged to Pam Hobsworth.

The actor's other TV credits include The Befrienders, Couples, Jack the Ripper and Hearts and Minds, as well as Lucky Feller, a short-lived sitcom starring David Jason.

Peter also made a memorable appearance in a 1980s Yellow Pages advert, playing a father trying to convince his son he didn't want a bike for Christmas.

Armitage leave behind his two adult children.

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