Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear has received a “heart breaking diagnosis” of dementia, her husband has announced, reports RTE.
The 81-year-old actress is best known for her long-running role in Weatherfield as Rovers Return barmaid Bet Lynch.
In a statement released on Wednesday, her husband Scott Brand said: “My darling wife and I have had to come to terms with this heart-breaking diagnosis. Unfortunately, Julie has been suffering forgetfulness for some time and we have been seeking medical advice and assistance, but we now know that there is no hope of a reversal in the situation – and that her condition will get progressively, and perhaps speedily, worse. We have taken the decision to publicly announce the diagnosis as Julie still loves visiting friends and eating out. Inevitably she is recognised, and fans love to meet her – and she them – but she can get confused particularly if she is tired. I hope people will understand,” reports RTE.
Former Celebrity Big Brother roommate remains patron of Willow Wood Hospice in Greater Manchester.
Goodyear, present on Coronation Street for over 20 years, left Weatherfield in 1995 and then appeared briefly in the soap.
She has also appeared in reality television, appearing on Celebrity Fit Club, Come Dine With Me, and a celebrity special on Stars In Their Eyes.
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