2016 has already been a pretty bad one for celebrity deaths, with Lemmy, Bowie, Alan Rickman and a few others passing away. It’s only March, and we have seen losses that have rocked various communities.
It seems 2016 is not satisfied, as the creator of Coronation Street Tony Warren has passed away at age 79.
The official Coronation Street Twitter account broke the sad news this morning, saying: “It’s with great sadness that Coronation Street confirms legendary creator & writer Tony Warren MBE has passed away.”
It’s with great sadness that Coronation Street confirms legendary creator & writer Tony Warren,MBE has passed away. pic.twitter.com/WhwInLMVaL
— Coronation Street (@itvcorrie) March 2, 2016
As any soap buff with know, Tony was born as Anthony McVay Simpson had was openly gay in the early days of Coronation Street, and even feared being arrested back in the days when homosexuality was still illegal.
When speaking about the fact that he was openly gay, Tony had said that even though “a lot of creative people at Granada didn’t care” he still was the victim of discrimination.
“On one occasion I sat there and listened and listened until I got to my feet and said, ‘I have sat here and listened to three poof jokes, an actor described as a poof, a storyline described as too poofy, and I would just like to remind you that without a poof you wouldn’t be in work’. One of them said, ‘but Tony, we didn’t mean you’ and I said, ‘you call my brothers, you call me’. I didn’t know I felt so strongly until that moment, and from then on I never pretended to another soul that I was anything other than what I am.”
While Tony had not written for the soap in some time, without him we would not have what some would argue is one of the best British soaps of all time. Rest in peace, Tony.