2018-01-11 16:30:58 UTC
VILE HOAX Coronation Street’s Malcolm Hebden victim of sick hoax after fake report said he was dead
The actor plays beloved busybody Norris Cole in the ITV soap
11th January 2018, 9:58 am
Updated: 11th January 2018, 11:42 am
CORONATION Street star Malcolm Hebden has become the victim of a sick death hoax.
A fake news website reported the death of the 78-year-old actor - who plays Norris Cole in the ITV soap.
The website claimed the veteran star had died, leading to devastated fans posting messages of condolence on fan forums.
The sick hoax forced his co-star Sally Ann Matthews to step in and confirm the report was fake on Twitter. She told a worried fan the news was "thankfully not" true.
It comes six years after the actor suffered a previous health scare.
Back in 2012, Hebden fell ill at the Corrie studios in Manchester and was checked over by onset medical staff before being sent to A&E for tests.
It was later confirmed that the health scare was not serious.
He was given the all clear by staff and was back at at work a few hours later.
Hebden first appeared in Coronation Street in 1974, playing Mavis Riley's Spanish boyfriend Carlos.
The actor later returned to the Cobbles in 1994 to make his debut as Norris Cole.
He left in 1997, but returned to the role two years later for his current stint in the show.
The character was part of a major storyline last year when fans saw him tie the knot with his longtime pal Mary Taylor.
But it turned out Norris had won a competition for a dream wedding with a honeymoon prize in Cape Town and he wanted to give the holiday to Mary so she could see her son.