Coronation Street actor Peter Armitage has died at the age of 78

Coronation Street cast Peter Armitage Bill Webster dead at 78 | Daily Star

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Coronation Street actor Peter Armitage has died at 78 years old.

Mr Armitage first featured in Coronation Street in 1984 for a period of six months, before returning to the role of Bill Webster between 1995 to 1997 and 2006 to 2011.

After news of his death was announced, a number of "Coronation Street" stars paid tribute on social media.

His friend and co-star Charlie Lawson, who played Jim McDonald on the show, revealed the news on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

'It's with great sadness, that I've to tell you my great old friend Pete Armitage has died. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time". Current cast members including Simon Greyson and Georgia Taylor commented on the sad news.

Samia Longchambon added: "So sorry to hear this Charlie. He was a lovely man xxx".

Bill played the father of fan favourite Kevin Webster (Michael le Vell), and was the grandfather of Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan) and Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent).

Coronation Street cast Peter Armitage Bill Webster dead at 78 | Daily Star
Coronation Street star Peter Armitage dies

Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby) joined the tributes, posting: "So sorry to hear this, lovely man. Thoughts to family and friends".

Peter made his first appearance as Bill in 1984 and had further stints through the 90s and 2000s, all lasting several years.

In 2014 Armitage said he hoped to return again after beating bowel cancer, telling The Mirror: 'It's 30 years since I first started on the cobbles and I've always come in and out.

"I noticed a little bleeding in a bowel movement, so when I got home about 10 days later I went to my doctor".

The actor's other TV credits include The Befrienders, Couples, Jack the Ripper and Hearts and Minds, as well as Lucky Feller, a short-lived sitcom starring David Jason.

In the 1980s, Peter also appeared in a Yellow Pages advert as a father trying to convince his son not to have a racing bike as a birthday present.

He was born in Sheffield in 1940 and leaves behind two adult children.

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