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26 August 2017

Coronation Street bosses set to kill off soap legend Rita Tanner after 53 years on ITV show

CORRIE bosses are to shock millions of fans by killing off show legend Rita Tanner.

Rita, played by Barbara Knox, made her Street debut in 1964.

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Barbara Knox first appeared on Coronation Street in the 1960s[/caption]

Rita Tanner's best bits from her career in Coronation Street

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Her first episode aired on ITV on 2 December 1964[/caption]

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Rita has been ‘Queen of the Kabin’ since the 1970s[/caption]

But The Sun on Sunday can reveal she will be diagnosed with a brain tumour.

And she will reject emergency surgery to remove the growth, fearing she might wake up to a life that she no longer remembers.

Soap sources said it would end in tragedy for Rita, who has recently been experiencing strange symptoms, such as bouts of forgetfulness.

One said: “It has been suggested she might have dementia, but she does not.

“In fact, she will be diagnosed with a tumour and her doctors will say there is a serious risk she will die if they don’t remove it.

“But Rita is terrified that she could not know who she is, or recognise her friends.

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Although originally appeared in 1964, Rita Tanner was made a regular character in 1972[/caption]

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The character of Rita married Len Fairclough (played by Peter Adamson) in April 1977[/caption]

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Throughout the 1980s Rita was often wondering what devious partner— Alan Bradley — was up to[/caption]


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One of Rita’s most famous storylines involved her escaping from her abusive partner Alan Bradley[/caption]

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He was eventually knocked down by a Blackpool tram in 1989[/caption]

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The 1990s introduced a new look to her much loved newsagents — The Kabin[/caption]

“All the indications are that this will end tragically.”

Rita’s diagnosis is expected to be revealed in October.

Actress Barbara, 83, made a one-off appearance as Rita in 1964 before being made a regular character in 1972.

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In 1996, along with fellow long running Street characters Mavis Wilton (left) and Ken Barlow (right), she helped to mark the launch of Britain’s biggest broadcasting sponsorship deal, with Cadbury’s[/caption]

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Rita went on to find love again in 2009 when she is proposed to by character — Colin Grimshaw — in the Rovers[/caption]

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But it hasn’t always been a happy ending for Rita and divorces her third husband — Dennis Tanner — in 2013[/caption]

 

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Barbara, now 83-years-old, has been in the ITV soap for over 50 years[/caption]

One of Rita’s most famous storylines saw her escape from her abusive partner Alan Bradley as he was knocked down by a Blackpool tram in 1989.

She has run her shop the Kabin since the 1970s.


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