Coronation Street: Malcolm Hebden admits he 'died'
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Norris Cole (played by Malcolm Hebden) is one of the most well-loved characters in Coronation Street and after 27 years on the ITV soap, his heartbreaking departure was confirmed. Although Malcolm hasn’t appeared on the series since 2020, he shared his own health woes and revealed the moment he died.
The 81-year-old actor has recently taken the decision to completely step away from acting and retire from the profession.
This came after Malcolm suffered a near-fatal heart attack despite having no symptoms, which is also known as a silent heart attack.
Talking about his experience, Norris star revealed he was told he had: “At least one heart attack Malcolm, possibly more.”
He continued: “And I went into A&E and I don’t remember anything, and I found out later that I died in A&E.”
The emergency which occurred in 2017, resulted in the actor having a hole in the left ventricle of his heart.
To aid his survival chances Malcolm was placed in an induced coma for three weeks where he could heal after the emergency operation.
He initially dismissed his symptoms as a chest infection but was rushed to Blackburn hospital after he had his heart monitored by his GP.
Where the severity of his situation was realised and he was in fact having a heart attack.
Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, Malcolm disclosed: “The heart attack tore a hole in my heart, they operated and took a chance.”
The risky procedure saw medics use tissue taken from a cow and they “wallpapered” his heart to help repair the damage caused by the heart attack.
According to Harvard Health, these are known as “silent” because their symptoms lack the intensity of a classic heart attack.
These silent heart attacks are responsible for 45 percent of all heart attacks affecting more men than women.
After he recovered from his heart attack, Malcolm returned to the Cobbles in 2019 as Norris to oversee the sale of his house.
However, in 2020, he became a resident of the Stillwaters retirement home where fan favourite Ken Barlow (William Roache) was also moving to.
Although Norris hasn’t been seen on screen for a while it was announced he would return as the focus of a new storyline.
Earlier this year, the actor revealed, screenwriters had killed off his character, so it’s safe to say Norris’ loved ones could soon be preparing to say goodbye to him.
In a statement given to Digital Spy, Malcolm stated: “I absolutely adored playing Norris and I was pleased to be able to return briefly after my operation.”
He continued: “It took a great deal of courage to make the decision to retire, but I had come to realise that although the mind was willing the body was not so much.”
Malcolm made his first appearance in 1974 and had since been awarded “Best Onscreen Partnership” and “Funniest Character” for two consecutive years.
In the upcoming episodes, fans will see Ken tell Rita Tanner (Barbara Knox) Norris has asked to meet him and has some important news.
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.
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