Corrie and Brookside star James Caroll dies suddenly as friends pay tribute

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Coronation Street and Brookside star James Caroll has passed away suddenly as his friends and former co-stars paid tribute to the actor.

He was best known for his roles as Brian 'Bumper' Humphreys on Brookside between 1988 and 1991 and Mary Taylor's friend Colin on Corrie earlier this year.

The cause of his death is yet to be confirmed but the actor had previously fallen ill with pneumonia in 2020 but made a full recovery.

James also suffered with a condition which meant arteries in his brain could rupture at any time, with the star opening up about his health battle in a documentary on YouTube.

The actor told interviewers that he had to have surgery on his brain on the same day his son was due to be born.

He said: "I've been with Justine now, what – nearly 13 years.

"Me and Justine have had so much fun in 13 years.

"It's difficult to think about concerns about not being here because – you know, without meeting Justine and without having the boys, I think about those 13 years.

"If I died tomorrow, I'd be a happy man.

"I wouldn't be up wherever I was, I wouldn't be bitter about it, because in life and experience and stuff like that, I've had just such good fun and such an amount of love and good times."It's difficult to think about concerns about not being here because – you know, without meeting Justine and without having the boys, I think about those 13 years.

"If I died tomorrow, I'd be a happy man.

"I wouldn't be up wherever I was, I wouldn't be bitter about it, because in life and experience and stuff like that, I've had just such good fun and such an amount of love and good times."

The news of James' death was shared on Facebook, with his friends, fans and colleagues rushing to pay tribute to the Channel 4 and ITV star.

One friend said: "What a talented and bright man.

"You were so funny Jim. Totally shocked, rest in peace."

Another agreed: So very sad to hear the news, taken far too young.

"My heart goes out and thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."

Ricardo Lacombe, who filmed James' YouTube documentary, penned: "Back when we were just learning how to put a film a film together, we made this film about Jim.

"I knew one day it would be become far more poignant.

"We often joked with each other that it was all a ruse just to get someone to make a film about him! In honour and memory of a true entertainer, it has overnight become a more difficult watch – but he would want people to see it I am sure."

Corrie airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV.

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