Coronation Street star Peter Armitage has died at the age of 78, four years after beating bowel cancer. The actor first appeared on the show 30 years ago when he started playing Bill Webster, and was last seen on-screen in 2011, shortly after his character had suffered a heart attack. Armitage's friend and Corrie co-star Charlie Lawson (Jim McDonald) revealed the news of his death in a message on Twitter today (December 5). "It’s with great sadness, that I’ve to tell you my great old friend Pete Armitage has died. RIP mate," he wrote. Other cast members paid tribute to Peter, including Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald), Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby), and Samia Longchambon (Maria Connor). Gregson said: "I loved Pete what a lovely man very sad RIP lovely man."