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Beloved British actress Driver dies

Driver, who has starred in longrunning U.K. soap Coronation Street for 42 years, passed away “peacefully in hospital” in the early hours of Saturday morning (15Oct11).

Her death comes just months after she was admitted to a hospital in Stockport, north-west England with suspected pneumonia.

She celebrated her 91st birthday in the facility in May (11) and was later released, but was re-admitted last month (Sep11).

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Her Coronation Street co-star Barbara Knox says, “I have lost a very dear friend and the Street has lost a very great character, a professional to her fingertips – she will be greatly missed.”

Former co-star Julie Goodyear adds, “It was an honour and a privilege to work with Betty Driver for 25 years. We laughed together, we cried together and never once had a cross word. She was a totally professional actress. A true icon and legend and a very dear friend. She will be missed and remembered by millions.”

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