FORMER Coronation Street star Sophiya Haque has died following a brief battle with cancer.
The actress, who played Rovers barmaid Poppy between 2008 and 2009, died in her sleep early yesterday morning.
She was diagnosed with cancer shortly before Christmas and was suffering from pneumonia.
Her condition worsened after she developed a blood clot on her lungs.
A statement from Coronation Street producers said: “We are saddened to hear the terrible news of Sophiya's death.
“She was a vibrant and beautiful actress who was a pleasure to have around during her time on Coronation Street. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time.”
Her former co-stars have also been taking to Twitter to express their shock.
Antony Cotton ,who plays Sean Tully, tweeted: “Just on set and heard the news about Sophiya Haque. So effing sad. Night night kiddo x.”
Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster, tweeted: “No way just heard about sophiya haque so sad. My heart goes out to the family.”
Sophiya’s character Poppy became the legendary Weatherfield pub’s 51st barmaid when she joined the soap in 2008.