Coronation Street legend “Liz Dawn” Dies at Age 77

Liz Dawn, who played Vera Ducksworth for more than 30 years in Coronation Street has died. She died peacefully in her sleep on Monday night after a long battle with lung condition emphysema. Liz Dawn whose real name is Sylvia Butterfield was born in Leeds on the 8th of November 1939.

Best known for her marriage on TV to Jack Ducksworth played by the late Bill Tarmey, Liz was in real life married to her devoted husband Don. She had a pacemaker fitted in 2013 after a heart attack while holidaying in Spain. She also has a surgery in June to correct a heart condition and has to miss the wedding of her grandson Thomas Borsco to Alice Coughlin in Italy.

A statement by her family said: ‘We are devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, the incredible Liz Dawn. Liz died peacefully last night at home with her loving family around her. ‘She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing.’

She joined Corrie in 1974 and was a quickly became a favorite of viewers along with her on screen husband Jack (Bill Tarmey).

Due to complications with her emphysema, Liz left the show and Vera Ducksworth passed away in emotional scenes in January 2008. Liz made one last appearance in 2010 when her ghost visited Jack before he passed away as the couple shared a final dance together.

A statement by Coronation Street said: “We have been blessed to have Liz in our lives, as she was such a kind, considerate and caring friend and colleague. As Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth for 34 years, Liz brought so much joy and happiness to so many.

Liz is survived by her husband Don and her children Graham, Dawn, Ann and Julie.


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