Coronation Street is to kill off Ozzy the labrador – the pet dog owned by Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie).
Ozzy has been on Corrie since 2007 when Maria bought him for her now late husband Liam, but the pooch will meet his maker in tragic upcoming scenes.
The news comes following a blog in OK written by Ghadie in which she revealed that she’d recently had to say goodbye to a “well-loved” member of the cast:
“It’s been great fun filming, but this week I’ve been recording some of THE saddest scenes I’ve ever done in my 17 years at Corrie. When I first read the scripts I was in tears so getting to film them has just sent me off.
“You may need your tissues when they air. And we say a sad goodbye to a well-loved member of the cast.”
The death will come at a particularly torrid time for Maria, who will be seen fighting her feelings for Aidan Connor after the pair have a one-night stand. She is also set to become the object of Caz’s affections after her lodger tries to kiss her.
A source told The Sun: “It’s utterly devastating for Maria – and viewers. Ozzy has been by her side since 2007 when her then-husband Liam gave him to her as a present.
“When Liam was killed in a hit-and-run it was Ozzy who was her main source of comfort. His absence couldn’t come at a worse time with heartache already on the horizon now she’s tangled up in a love triangle with Aidan Connor and his girlfriend Eva Price.”
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