Bill left the soap in 2010 to spend more time with his family after suffering with heart problems for many years. Details of his death are not yet available.
Bill Tarmey joined Corrie after a career as a singer and acting extra. Brow-beaten Jack and his battle-ax wife Vera swiftly became one of the greatest double acts in soap and beloved by the nation.
The constant battles they had with wayward son Terry and combative yet loving relationship they shared ensured they stayed at the heart of the show right up until Liz Dawn, who played Vera, left in 2008. Bill stayed with the show for a couple of years after but Jack was killed off and he retired.Goodbye, Bill. Creator of one of the funniest, most touching and universally-loved characters that British TV has seen. You can see the final touching scenes from Coronation Street when Jack Duckworth passes away below:
An early shot of Jack Duckworth in the Rovers