On Friday, July 6, “Coronation Street” star Malcolm Hebden revealed some serious health issues that he has been facing over the last several months. Hebden, best known for his role as Norris Cole, revealed why he has been on a long break from the long-running show.
The 78-year-old said, “Most of December I was in an induced coma, in the care of these brilliant, wonderful people at the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.”
“Fortunately,” he continued, “I didn’t realize how bad it was; I was dying. The cardiac team, headed by Mr. Joseph Zacharias, simply saved my life.”
He said, “I was informed by my doctor I had had at least one heart attack. I was sent to the hospital, by emergency ambulance to Blackburn hospital and was there one night…The heart attack tore a hole in my heart. They operated and took a chance.”
Hebden said that he is unsure whether or not he will be able to continue to do the show, even following the main length of recovery. In January, the show announced that he would be taking a temporary leave of absence.
At the time, a source reportedly said, “Malcolm is not getting any younger. He booked a bit of time off just before Christmas, but that annual leave has now become longer than first planned. Bosses do not know when he will be back.”
They continued, “It’s easy to cover a period of a few weeks without mentioning Norris on screen but any longer and fans start to question why a character is not there.”
The TV star has been acting as Norris ever since 1994 when he attended an open audition. He only took a brief absence from the show between 1997 to 1999.
Now, it is unclear whether or not Hebden will be able to continue on as the beloved Norris. We will continue to update as more information is revealed. Meanwhile, please be praying for his recovery during this time! In other recent news, a 63-year-old singer was just forced to cancel his tour after his surgery as well!