This is a sad day for the "Coronation Street" community.
It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride has passed away http://t.co/c6uS0DwgvQ— Coronation Street (@itvcorrie) January 19, 2015
"There are no words to describe the sense of grief we feel at Anne's passing," said "Corrie" executive producer Kieran Roberts to ITV, the network in the U.K. that broadcasts the show.
"We know only too acutely how much Anne meant to the millions of people who watched her create the legendary character of Deirdre Barlow. She will be greatly missed by the 'Coronation Street' team who share happy memories of working with her. We feel blessed and honoured to have known her. Our thoughts are with [her husband] David and their family."
Kirkbride left behind her husband and her brother, John. As of this writing, there is no official word on whether "Coronation Street" will honour her passing on the show -- but you can bet the neighbourhood will send her off in the nicest way possible.