Johnny Briggs dead: Coronation Street star who played Mike Baldwin dies at home age 85

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Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin on the soap, has died aged 85.

Johnny’s death was announced by his family in a statement which read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father, Johnny Briggs.

“He passed away peacefully this morning after a long illness, with family by his side. He was 85.

“We politely ask for privacy at this time, so that we can quietly grieve as a family and remember the wonderful times we had with him. Thank you,” they told The Sun Online.

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Johnny was best known for his role on the Corrie cobbles as he played lothario Mike Baldwin from 1976 to 2006.

His character had a dramatic exit as he had been suffering with Alhzimer’s for months before collapsing in the street after a heart attack and dying in the arms of Ken.

He appeared in a charity special for the soap as a ghost in 2012.

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