Coronation Street fans were stunned yesterday morning after rumours emerged that legendary actor Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, had died.
However, it was all a cruel hoax and the articles on social media that suggested the 85 year old had died were completely untrue.
A fanpage of the soap was quick to react to the news:
There's fake news doing the social media rounds today saying that Bill Roache has passed away. It is FAKE NEWS, ITV have confirmed to us today. #Corrie— Coronation Street Blog (@CoroStreetBlog) April 18, 2018
This latest example of 'fake news' comes only three months after the same US news site incorrectly reported that Malcolm Heden (who plays Norris in Corrie) had died.