27/08/2017 11:01 BST | Updated 27/08/2017 11:07 BST

'Coronation Street' Spoilers: Rita Tanner Could Be Killed Off After Receiving Brain Tumour Diagnosis

She has been on the Street for 53 years.

‘Coronation Street’ is facing saying goodbye to one of its long-standing residents, as Rita Tanner could be killed off after 53 years.  

Reports have claimed the ‘Corrie’ veteran will be diagnosed with a brain tumour in the coming months, and could die after rejecting emergency surgery. 

Rita could be killed off after receiving a brain tumour diagnosis

Fans of the ITV soap have seen Rita displaying signs of dementia in recent weeks, but it looks like she will have an even more devastating diagnosis. 

A source told The Sun: “She will be diagnosed with a tumour and her doctors will say there is a serious risk she will die if they don’t remove it.

“But Rita is terrified that she could not know who she is, or recognise her friends.

“All the indications are that this will end tragically.”

A ‘Coronation Street’ spokesperson also told HuffPost UK: “We do not comment on storyline speculation.”

Rita’s diagnosis looks likely, given bosses previously teased an “enormous storyline” for the character. 

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Barbara Knox joined the regular cast in 1972

Actress Barbara Knox, 83, made her first appearance as Rita during one episode in 1964, before being made a permanent cast member in 1972. 

During her time on the cobbles, Rita has been part of some huge storylines, the most famous being her escape from abusive partner Alan Bradley, who was hit by a Blackpool tram 1989. 

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