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Coronation Street fans were left in tears on Wednesday night as Weatherfield's residents discovered that Norris Cole had died.
Norris, played by Malcolm Hebden, has been a key character on the cobbles since 1994 and he last paid a visit to the street in 2020.
During the emotional episodes, Ken Barlow received a text from Norris which said he had something important to tell him.
After finally getting through on Norris' mobile, a paramedic answered as Ken discovered that Norris had collapsed with a suspected stroke as he, Rita Tanner and Mary Taylor headed to the hospital immediately to see him.
Upon arrival, they were told that Norris had tragically passed away just a short while ago by Freda as the characters were left devastated over the news.
Taking to Twitter, soap watchers also shared their devastation over Norris' death as they paid tribute to the legendary character.
One person said: "Goodbye to the most iconic character, norris cole, who will be missed by the characters on screen, the actors off screen and the audience, but remembered forever. farewell to the most incredible actor malcolm #corrie."
A different viewer put: "RIP Norris, you will be sadly missed #Corrie."
Another soap watcher commented: "Noooo not Norris #coronationstreet #corrie."
While a different fan added: "Norris has died tonight on @itvcorrie it’s all too sad. Thank you Malcolm Hebden for so many years or great tv. You’re missed. #corrie."
In upcoming scenes, Norris' former wife Mary and his current love Freda are soon at odds over the funeral arrangements. And when Claudia arrives and gives her opinion on the matter, Rita has to step in to stop the squabbling.
While next week's episodes will see Weatherfield's residents gather for the funeral where revelations in Norris' final letter leaves his friends at odds as he delivers one final piece of gossip.
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On Monday night, ITV also aired a special tribute show to celebrate Norris Cole, actor Malcom and the character's time on the cobbles, including his most memorable moments and classic storylines.
Coronation Street Icons: Norris Cole was narrated by Sally Lindsay and it featured interviews with Norris actor Malcom, as well as co-stars past and present.
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