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Coronation Street star Kym Marsh is leaving her role as MIchelle Connor in the ITV soap later this year.
The actress, who joined the show in 2006, said: "It’s been an incredibly difficult decision but it feels like the right time for me to take a break from the show and explore some other roles."
The star added:“But this isn’t the last you’ve heard of Michelle Connor, she’ll be back! I can’t wait to see what the writers have in store for the future.”
The former Hear'Say singer has been at the centre of a series of dramatic storylines including discovering her son was swapped at birth, surviving a minibus crash and being shot on her wedding day.
Coronation Street actor Peter Armitage, who played Bill Webster on the show, has died aged 78.
The actor first appeared on the long-running series, as Kevin Webster's father, more than 30 years ago.
No cause of death has been given, although four years ago Armitage revealed he was in remission from bowel cancer.
His death was announced on Twitter by former co-star Charlie Lawson, who plays Jim McDonald.