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Coronation Street bosses send condolences to family of fan who died while watching 'traumatic' episode of the show

Sasha Brady

Published 24/10/2016 | 11:13

Coronation Street
Coronation Street
The staff of Underworld ARE caught up in the horrific accident as they head off on a factory outing - in a Street Cars minibus driven by Steve McDonald. The night ends in disaster when the bus is cut up and run off the road by a gang of boy racers. ITV/PA Wire
The staff of Underworld are caught up in the horrific accident as they head off on a factory outing. The night ends in disaster when the bus is cut up and run off the road by a gang of boy racers. ITV/PA Wire

Coronation Street bosses have issued their condolences to the family of a fan who died of a heart attack after watching a particularly "traumatic" episode.

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Trevor Murfitt (81) from New Zealand, was watching a 2015 episode of the show in which some cast members were killed off in a dramatic minibus accident, after Steve McDonald lost control of the wheel.

The shocking crash left the vehicle hanging over the edge of a cliff as the show built up an explosive cliffhanger.

The 81-year-old's widow, Barbara told New Zealand publication, Fairax, the episode had been "traumatic" for the couple, who have been big fans of the show for more than a decade.

The staff of Underworld ARE caught up in the horrific accident as they head off on a factory outing - in a Street Cars minibus driven by Steve McDonald. The night ends in disaster when the bus is cut up and run off the road by a gang of boy racers.
ITV/PA Wire
The staff of Underworld ARE caught up in the horrific accident as they head off on a factory outing - in a Street Cars minibus driven by Steve McDonald. The night ends in disaster when the bus is cut up and run off the road by a gang of boy racers. ITV/PA Wire

Her husband went into cardiac arrest as some of his favourite characters were caught up in the minibus crash.

"Trevor's last words were 'that bus is going to go over the edge'. We were all watching the screen and half a minute later I turned to look at Trevor and he'd collapsed in his favourite chair. We rang the ambulance straight way."

The staff of Underworld are caught up in the horrific accident as they head off on a factory outing. The night ends in disaster when the bus is cut up and run off the road by a gang of boy racers.
ITV/PA Wire
The staff of Underworld are caught up in the horrific accident as they head off on a factory outing. The night ends in disaster when the bus is cut up and run off the road by a gang of boy racers. ITV/PA Wire

An ITV spokesperson told the NZ Herald that they were not aware of anything like this happening before.

"We were saddened to hear the news of Trevor's death and send our condolences to Barbara and the rest of their family," she said.

Trevor, who had suffered from numerous health problems, died in hospital the next day.

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