Coronation Street icon reassures fans as he shuts down wild death hoax rumours

One Coronation Street legend has been forced to shut down rumours after he became the victim of a death hoax online.

On Friday (April 14), fan-favourite actor Craig Charles took to Twitter to reassure fans that he was very much alive following a hoax which had taken of on social media.

It is understood the rumour started when a fan falsely claimed the Red Dwarf star has passed away on Thursday night (April 13).

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One woman, called Rosmary, shocked ITV fans when she shared a touching tribute to the actor in addition to one of her favourite memories with the star.

She wrote: “RIP Craig. My ex-husband shouted ‘smeg head’ once at him in the street. He did not take too kindly to it.

“But still. Very sad that he’s died. An icon,” she concluded as others followed suit in sharing their favourite memories of the star.

Luckily, the 58-year-old actor was quick to set the record straight after a fan informed him of the rumour online.

The concerned user wrote: “Someone thinks you might have died mate, let her know you’re safe and well.”

It appears as though Craig found the dramatic saga quite funny as he cheekily quipped: “Rosmary, I'm here, I'm alive, can’t you hear me I'm alive. HELP!!!!”

After hearing from the man himself, Rosmary replied: “Craig. Phew. False alarm. Christ on a bike. My son is in for a talking to, let me tell you!”

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Loyal fans of the ITV soap will remember Craig played the role of cab driver Lloyd Mullaney from 2006 up until his departure from the show in 2015.

Arguably, the actor is best know for his role as Dave Lister in the hugely popular science fiction sitcome Red Dwarf.

The DJ is set to begin a tour called Craig Charles’ House Party across the UK later this year.


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