Former Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin on the soap, has died aged 85.
Johnny’s death was announced by his family in a statement which read: “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,” they told The Sun Online.
Johnny was best known for his role on the Corrie cobbles as he played lothario Mike Baldwin from 1976 to 2006.
His character had a dramatic exit as he had been suffering with Alzheimer’s for months before collapsing in the street after a heart attack and dying in the arms of Ken.
He appeared in a charity special for the soap as a ghost in 2012.
Actor Johnny also had roles in a number of Carry On films and a many more TV shows and movies including war flick 633 Squadron.
Johnny leaves behind six adult children Karen, Anthony, Michael, Jennifer, Stephanie and Mark.
Soap star Johnny was married twice. He wed Caroline Sinclair in 1961 before splitting in 1975.
Johnny then went on to marry Christine Allsop, who he was married to 1977 to 2006.
He was awarded the lifetime achievement award at the 2006 British Soap Awards for his 30 year-long contribution to Corrie.
The actor was then awarded an MBE in the 2007 New Year Honours.
Tributes to the actor have already begun pouring in from celebrity friends.
Piers Morgan wrote: “RIP Johnny Briggs, 85. Coronation Street legend who played rogueish Mike Baldwin for 30yrs. Great character on & off screen.”
Actor Colin McFarlane added: “Same age as my Dad, I didn’t know he was unwell. Sad newsA true UK soap legend Sending [red heart emoji] & condolences to his family & friends. May he rest well in Soap heaven”.
And weather presenter Emma Jesson wrote: “Sad to hear of Johnny Briggs’ passing. He was great fun & a real character. Good banter when Bill #WilliamRoache & I caught up w his ‘love rival’ at the golf Classic Rusholme a few yrs ago. Rest in peace dear chum #JohnnyBriggs God bless, you entertained millions, it was a gift x”.