Coronation Street legend Johnny Briggs has sadly died at the age of 85.
The actor joined the popular soap back in 1976 as Mike Baldwin, leaving the show in 2006 following the death of his popular character.
The news of his death was confirmed by his children, who said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father, Johnny Briggs.”
— Coronation Street (@corrieweekly) February 28, 2021
“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.”
Following the sad news, many took to Twitter to pay tribute to Johnny, including Piers Morgan who wrote: “RIP Johnny Briggs, 85. Coronation Street legend who played rogueish Mike Baldwin for 30yrs. Great character on & off screen.”
RIP Johnny Briggs, 85.
Coronation Street legend who played rogueish Mike Baldwin for 30yrs. Great character on & off screen. pic.twitter.com/klr8CTLUa9
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 28, 2021
— Elliot Gonzalez (@elliot_gonzalez) February 28, 2021
RIP to Coronation Street icon and absolute legend, Johnny Briggs, who passed away today aged 85 😔 pic.twitter.com/s3d0qB7cFs
— Daniel 💛🏳️🌈 (@DanielObviously) February 28, 2021