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Coronation Street fans not prepared for Oliver's heartbreaking death: 'I'm drowning in my own tears'

Leannes is heartbroken after saying goodbye to her son

Coronation Street fans have called tonight's episodes some of the saddest ever aired...

Coronation Street fans have been left utterly heartbroken after tonight's double bill saw Oliver Battersby die with Leanne and Steve by his side.

Despite the fact Oliver has been poorly for a very long time and fans knew his end was near, didn't make the devastating scenes any easier to watch.

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Leanne struggled to come to terms with the fact she had to say goodbye to Oliver (Picture: ITV)

Leanne dropped her court appeal in a bid to keep her son alive, after eventually realising the best thing for Oliver was to let him go.

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Time to say goodbye

Oliver's dad, Steve, had already come to the same heartbreaking conclusion, and tonight saw the pair say their final goodbyes to their three-year-old son.

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Leanne and Steve sang to Oliver as he peacefully slipped away (Picture: ITV)

Leanne tried to put off the inevitable by going home to get toys for Oliver to have with him, and then headed back to the flat again when she realised that Oliver needed his favourite pyjamas.

When she finally got back to the hospital, the doctors switched off Oliver's life support machine, explaining to Leanne and Steve that Oliver wouldn't feel a thing as he slipped away.

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Leanne and Steve's loves will never be the same again (Picture: ITV)

The heartbreaking scenes left fans across the country in floods of tears, with many fans saying they weren't prepared for just how emotional it would be...

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Fans call for Jane Danson to win awards 

Jane Danson has won huge praise for her role as grieving mum Leanne.

As the second episode of the evening ended, she was seen sobbing into Oliver's duvet as she lay on his bed, leaving fans with their hearts breaking for the character.

But were does the storyline go on from here?

Coronation Street spoilers: Leanne Battersby says goodbye to Oliver

Fans have praised Coronation Street for tonight's heartbreaking episodes (Picture: ITV)

Next week will see Leanne facing the prospect of organising Oliver's funeral, while Steve struggles to cope with this grief in his own way.

Tune in on Monday at 7.30 to see how Leanne and Steve move forward following the most horrendous week of their lives.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays and Wednesdays 7.30pm and 8.30pm with an hour long episode at 7.30 on Fridays on ITV - see our TV Guide for full listings.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

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 whattowatch.com 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! 


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