Anne played the iconic Deirdre Barlow in the long-running soap
Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride, who played the character Deirdre Barlow in the long-running television soap, has died aged 60 after a short illness.
In a statement, ITV said the actress passed away peacefully in a Manchester hospital.
Her husband David Beckett and the programme's cast and crew were said to be heartbroken and deeply saddened.
Coronation Street executive producer Kieran Roberts said: "We feel blessed and honoured to have known her."
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