Coronation Street fans in tears as THIS cobbles 'icon' dies unexpectedly

Coronation Street
(Image credit: ITV)

Life will never be the same for the Barlows...

Coronation Street fans have been left distraught after tonight's episode saw Ken Barlow's beloved dog Eccles die suddenly.

The heartbreaking scenes came as the episode opened with Emma Brooker having a heart-to-heart with the dog about her disastrous love life.

Eccles Coronation Street ITV

Emma and Dev realised Eccles wasn't herself while out on a walk (Picture: ITV)

But little did she know, her doomed romances were soon to become the least of her worries.

WHAT IS ON TONIGHT? Check out our NEW and improved TV Guide

As Emma took little Eccles out for a walk, Dev noticed that Eccles didn't look herself, leaving Emma with no option but to take her to the vet without Ken around.

But when she got there, it was bad news.

Eccles Coronation Street ITV

Emma was upset when the vet delivered bad news about Eccles' health (Picture: ITV)

After doing some tests the vets found that Eccles had a tumour, and despite them trying to operate on Ken's canine friend, they discovered that the tumour had spread and there was nothing more they could do.

But with none of the Barlows answering the phone, poor Emma was given the horrendous task of deciding Eccles' fate.

Eccles Coronation Street ITV

Poor Emma was left with the heartbreaking task of deciding Eccles' fate (Picture: ITV)

As Eccles passed away after 15 years of being on our screens, Coronation Street fans were left bereft that the soap was losing one of its much-loved characters.

In fact, viewers were so distraught Eccles was even trending on Twitter...

See more
See more
See more
See more
See more
See more
See more

Long-time fans of Coronation Street will remember that Ken inherited Eccles from Blanche 10 years ago when she left him the dog in her will.

Since then Eccles and Ken have been inseparable, until he made the shock decision to leave the cobbles and move to Stillwaters luxury retirement apartments, where sadly pets weren't allowed.

Ken Barlow ITV

Ken arrived at the vets too late... (Picture: ITV)

Ken missed his dog too much though and tried to sneak her into his apartment recently, only to be slapped with a huge fine by his new nemesis Charles.

However, it seems that Ken and Eccles didn't have long left together anyway, and by the time he finally arrived at the vets in tonight's episode, poor Eccles had already passed away.

Eccles ITV

The Barlows listened as the vet revealed what happened... (Picture: ITV)

How will the Barlows cope without their beloved pet?

Coronation Street’s scheduling pattern has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic and now airs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.