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Mark Eden dead at 92: The icon of Coronation Street dies peacefully after the Alzheimer's battle


Mark Eden dead at the age of 92: The icon of Coronation Street dies peacefully in hospital after the Alzheimer's battle

  • Mark died peacefully in hospital on Friday, his agent confirmed
  • The actor was best known for playing Alan Bradley on Coronation Street
  • He leaves behind Mrs. Sue Nicholls, 77, who plays Audrey Roberts in the soap

Mark Eden died at the age of 92.

The Coronation Street icon passed away peacefully in hospital on Friday after an Alzheimer's battle, his agent confirmed.

The actor best known for playing Alan Bradley in Corrie leaves behind his wife Sue Nicholls, 77, who plays Audrey Roberts on ITV soap.

Sad news: Coronation Street icon Mark Eden has died aged 92, leaving behind his wife Sue Nicholls, 77, who plays Audrey Roberts in ITV soap (pictured together in 2009).

His agent said in a statement to the PA news agency: “We are very sad to announce the death of actor Mark Eden.

He died peacefully in hospital today, January 1, 2021. Mark had been living with Alzheimer's for some time and was hospitalized in November.

Mark, 92, had a long career spanning more than 50 years, including eight years on Coronation Street as Alan Bradley.

He is survived by his wife Sue, daughter Polly, stepson Paul, and granddaughter Emma. We ask that your privacy be respected during this very difficult time. & # 39;

Peaceful death: The actor - known for his role as Alan Bradley in Corrie - died peacefully in the hospital on Friday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease (picture 1960).

Peaceful death: The actor – known for his role as Alan Bradley in Corrie – died peacefully in the hospital on Friday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease (picture 1960).

Mark, whose maiden name was Douglas John Malin, was first married to his first wife, Joan Long, from 1953 to 1959.

The couple welcomed son David in 1957, but the actor, musician and composer tragically died in 2017.

Mark met his second wife, Diana Smith (who later used the stage name Diana Eden) in 1971. Two years later, the two married and had a daughter named Polly.

The Coronation Street star tied in with third wife Sue and the other soap star in 1993.

Long-term love: The Coronation Street star tied the knot with third wife Sue and the other soap star in 1993 (picture 2016).

Long-term love: The Coronation Street star tied the knot with third wife Sue and the other soap star in 1993 (picture 2016).

Widower: Sue has no children of her own and said in October 2019: "I met Mark late in life, I was almost 40, so kids just didn't happen" (pictured together in August 1998)

Widower: Sue has no children of her own and said in October 2019: "I met Mark late in life, I was almost 40, so kids just didn't happen" (pictured together in August 1998)

Coronation Street fans will know Mark as the villain Alan Bradley, who appeared on ITV soap in the '80s.

Mark's time at The Cobbles came to an end when his character was killed by a Blackpool tram.

The London-born actor's autobiography, titled Who & # 39; s Going To Look At You? Was released in 2010.

Icon: Coronation Street fans know Mark as the villain Alan Bradley, who appeared on ITV soap in the 80s (pictured on-screen with his daughter Jenny, played by Sally Ann Matthews).

Icon: Coronation Street fans know Mark as the villain Alan Bradley, who appeared on ITV soap in the 80s (pictured on-screen with his daughter Jenny, played by Sally Ann Matthews).

Sue has no children of her own and told The Mirror in October 2019, “I met Mark late in life, I was almost 40, so kids just didn't happen.

“As much as I would have liked it, I didn't have a family to worry about … maybe that helped me stay young.

“I never thought about it and in a way I'm glad because I probably wouldn't have been on the show in all these years if I had had kids.

“That's probably why I enjoy coming to work. I get my family here. I have surrogate children and grandchildren. & # 39;

WHAT IS ALZHEIMER?

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain in which the build-up of abnormal proteins leads to the death of nerve cells.

This disrupts the stations that carry messages and causes the brain to shrink.

More than 5 million people have the disease in the United States, where it is the sixth leading cause of death, and more than 1 million Britons have it.

WHAT HAPPENS?

When brain cells die, the functions that they provide are lost.

These include memory, orientation, and the ability to think and reason.

The progression of the disease is slow and gradual.

On average, patients live five to seven years after diagnosis, but some can live ten to 15 years.

Early symptoms:

  • Loss of short term memory
  • Disorientation
  • Behavior changes
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty handling money or making phone calls

LATER SYMPTOMS:

  • Severe memory loss, forgetting of close family members, familiar objects or places
  • Fear and frustration at the inability to understand the world turn into aggressive behavior
  • Eventually lose the ability to walk
  • May have trouble eating
  • The majority will eventually need 24-hour care

Source: Alzheimer's Association

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