When did Liz Dawn die, how long did she play Vera Duckworth, who was her husband Donald Ibbetson and did she have kids?


LIZ Dawn, best known for playing Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth, has passed away.

The much-loved soap star has died after a battle with illness – we take a look at her life and career…

 Liz Dawn has passed aged 77

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Liz Dawn has passed aged 77

Who is Liz Dawn? When did she join Coronation Street?

Liz was in Coronation Street for 34 years – after first joining in 1974 – before quitting the cobbles through ill-health in 2008.

She made a one-off return appearance as Vera in 2010 for the final scenes of her on-screen husband Jack Duckworth, played by Bill Tarmey – who passed away in 2012.

The pair had become an iconic Corrie couple over the years, and fans across the nation wept as they saw them reunited one final time.

She leaves behind four children and her husband Donald Ibbetson, who she married in 1965.

Her funeral will take place October 6, 2017 in Manchester.

How did Liz Dawn die?

Liz passed away after a long battle with lung condition emphysema.

She had recently been restricted to a wheelchair and had been housebound for weeks before her death.

In June she had surgery linked to a heart condition and had to miss the wedding in Italy of grandson Thomas Borso, 29, and Alice Coughlin — the 27-year-old niece of Corrie’s Debbie Rush.

At the time she said: “I’ve got no energy but once the operation is done I will be looking forward to being as back to my normal self and getting my energy back.”

 The actress was famed for playing Vera Duckworth on Corrie

The actress was famed for playing Vera Duckworth on Corrie

What have Liz Dawn’s family said about her death?

A statement from 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 was known for on screen marriage to Jack Duckworth

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She was known for on screen marriage to Jack Duckworth

What has Coronation Street said about Liz Dawn’s death?

A statement from Coronation Street said: “It is with the greatest sadness that we have learned our beloved Liz Dawn has passed away last night. 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 Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth for 34 years, Liz brought so much joy and happiness to so many. She was a wonderful actress who will forever be a true Coronation Street legend.

On behalf of ITV and the programme Coronation Street’s Executive Producer, Kieran Roberts said: “Liz Dawn was a true Coronation Street legend, a brilliant actor and a wonderful person.

“Everyone lucky enough to have worked with Liz during her thirty-four years playing Corrie icon Vera Duckworth will remember her with huge affection.”

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