SAD NEWS Coronation Street and Flying Pickets star Brian Hibbard dies aged 65
Former Coronation Street star Brian Hibbard has died at the age of 65 after a long battle with prostate cancer.
The actor - who played Deirdre Barlow's love interest Doug Murray in the soap for 10 months before leaving in 1993 - passed away in hospital with his wife Caroline by his side.
He'd been diagnosed with the disease in 2010 and became seriously ill 8 weeks ago.
Brian first came to fame as the lead singer and founding member of a cappella group The Flying Pickets, who scored a Christmas No 1 single in 1983 with a cover of Yazoo's Only You.
In 1997, he starred with Rhys Ifans and Dougray Scott in the film Twin Town.
'His family were the most important thing in his life,' Brian's friend and Twin Town co-star Boyd Clack tells the Daily Mirror.
'He was an honest, decent and upright man. He was also a great singer, a great actor and a fine socialist.'