The actor who plays Norris Cole in Coronation Street has fallen victim to an internet hoax claiming he had died.
Fans rushed to Twitter to express their condolences for 78-year-old Malcolm Hebden after an American website reported the shocking ‘news’.
But co-stars of the nosy shopkeeper dispelled the rumours, with Sally Ann Matthews – who plays Jenny Bradley – saying it was ‘thankfully not’ true. It was also confirmed to the M.E.N. by a Coronation Street spokesperson when Celeb writer Katie Fitzpatrick contacted them.
Some worried fans took to the social media site in an attempt to clear up the rumours – with one writing: “Malcolm Hebden aka Norris Cole from Corrie has NOT died. Just a fake article doing it’s rounds. Sick people.”
And another said they had seen the news shared on Facebook, and wondered if it was true. “Can you confirm that Malcolm Hebden has passed away?”
Mirror Online also reported others saying: “I seen it on Facebook that has passed but when I seen it, it came from Florida Times but that can’t be true, so, could you be able to tell me if that is that is true or just some stupid joke?”.
Thankfully it’s not true – and Norris lives to serve us our Weatherfield Gazette from the Kabin for a long time to come.
Malcolm first appeared in Coronation Street in 1974, playing Mavis Riley’s Spanish boyfriend Carlos.
He reappeared in 1994 as Norris Cole, but gave up the role in 1997 before returning in 1999.
He became owner of Corrie’s famous Kabin in 2009, and has won several soap awards along the way.