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Coronation Street actor William Roache has paid tribute to his former co-star Johnny Briggs, who has died.
The pair starred alongside each other for many years and were best known for playing arch enemies on screen.
William, who plays Ken Barlow, has described Johnny as a 'strong character' and said he will be greatly missed.
Other stars of the popular ITV soap have also paid tribute to the popular actor on social media.
William said in a statement to the PA news agency: "So sorry to hear about Johnny.
"Mike Baldwin and Ken Barlow were arch enemies for many years, but as an actor, Johnny was impeccable, always good, and I was so fortunate to have worked with him for so many years.
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"He was a strong character who will be greatly missed.
"I send my love to Johnny on his journey and to all those who are bound to miss him, he was an iconic Coronation Street character. Love you Johnny! X"
A father-of-six, Johnny was surrounded by family when he died after a long illness on Sunday, aged 85.
In a statement his family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father, Johnny Briggs.
“He passed away peacefully this morning after a long illness, with family by his side. He was 85.
“We politely ask for privacy at this time, so that we can quietly grieve as a family and remember the wonderful times we had with him. Thank you.”
Coronation Street's Bill Roache pays heartfelt tribute to co-star Johnny Briggs following sad death .
Johnny Briggs has passed away at the age of 85, his family have confirmed.It was announced on Sunday that former Coronation Street star Johnny had passed away at the age of 85 after a long-running illness.