Malcolm plays Weatherfield busybody Norris Cole in the ITV soap, and is currently on an extended leave of absence for health reasons.
In a new interview with the Blackpool Gazette, the 78-year-old actor has now given further details of his condition, revealing the severity of his illness.
He explained: “Most of December I was in an induced coma, in the care of these brilliant, wonderful people at the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). Fortunately I didn’t realise how bad it was; I was dying.”
Malcolm continued: “I was informed by my doctor I had had at least one heart attack. I was sent to hospital, by emergency ambulance to Blackburn hospital and was there one night. While there I collapsed and was brought here to Blackpool Victoria – where I was operated on, in a procedure which was described by my surgeon Mr Zacharias as groundbreaking.
“The heart attack tore a hole in my heart, they operated and took a chance.”
During the interview, he also revealed that doctors had been able to “wallpaper” his heart, in a procedure which took tissue from a cow’s.
While we’re pleased to hear Malcolm is now in recovery from his illness, there remains no indication of when he plans to return to filming on ‘Coronation Street’.
A representative for the show had no further comment when approached by HuffPost UK.