Coronation Street writer & creator Tony Warren has died, the ITV show’s Twitter account say.
A message on Twitter said: “It’s with great sadness that Coronation Street confirms legendary creator and writer Tony Warren, MBE has passed away.”
In a statement, ITV said the 79-year-old had died following a short illness.
“It is with great sadness that Coronation Street confirms legendary creator and acclaimed writer Tony Warren MBE passed away peacefully last night (March 1) surrounded by his loving friends, aged 79, after a short illness.”
The writer was given an honorary degree from Manchester Metropolitan University “in recognition for his contribution to ground-breaking television and creative writing which has helped put Manchester and Salford on the cultural map” in 2008, after years of writing for the soap and his own published work.
Warren worked with ITV Studios as consultant to Coronation Street even after stepping down as writer, to make sure he could keep “his eye” on the format.
In his personal life, Tony was openly gay during his early years on Coronation Street at a time when homosexuality was illegal and later said he faced backlash and homophobia from other writers.
Warren also battled with drug and alcohol addiction before attending rehabilitation.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.