Coronation Street stars pay tribute to legend who died after sad inspiring storyline

Rob Burrow
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Coronation Street paid tribute to rugby league legend Rob Burrow following the tragic news that the sportsman had died at the age of 41. On Sunday, 2 June, it was revealed that he had passed away after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2019.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend,” a statement read. "Rob has always been a true inspiration throughout his life whether that was on the rugby league field or during his battle with mnd (motor neurone disease).

“He never allowed others to define what he could achieve and believed in his own ability to do more. The outpouring of love and support that Rob and the whole burrow family have received over the last four and half years meant so much to Rob.”

Coronation Street paid tribute to Rob Burrow following his death
Coronation Street paid tribute to Rob Burrow following his death -Credit:Instagram / coronationstreet

Paying tribute to Rob, Coronation Street shared an Instagram snap of Rob and his wife Lindsey alongside actors Peter Ash and Dan Brocklebank, who play Paul Foreman and Billy Mayhew in the ITV soap. “We are very sad to hear of the passing of Rugby league legend Rob Burrow. Rob was an inspiration to so many throughout his battle with Motor Neurone disease, raising both funds and awareness of this life limiting illness,” the post read.

“We had the pleasure of welcoming Rob and his wife Lindsey to the cobbles last year to meet Peter Ash and Dan Brocklebank and to discuss our MND storyline. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

Last year, Coronation Street embarked on an emotional storyline which saw Paul diagnosed with motor neurone disease after he initially began struggling with his grip. At first his symptoms were initially put down to a car accident, but he was eventually diagnosed with MND.

Rob Burrow and his wife Lindsay
Rob and his wife Lindsey has visited Coronation Street to discuss its MND storyline -Credit:Getty

In response to the storyline, Rob spoke to the BBC about how he hoped the show would make a “big difference”. “I'm blown away from the response I've had, but Coronation Street will have the awareness on a whole new level,” he said. “I think people who are looking for someone who will acknowledge the amount of work and time that goes into a patient with this horrible disease, I think that this will help bring it home.”

In 2021, Rob’s wife Lindsey spoke to OK! about Rob’s diagnosis. “Rob is so strong. The only time he’s cried was on his 39th birthday in September this year, reading cards from the kids. I knew what he was thinking – that he might not see his 40th,” she said.

“Life can feel tough. I wake up at 5am, care for Rob and the kids, go to work and squeeze in a gym class. Yet I’ve never had the slightest doubt Rob would do the same for me – that’s what love is. It’s night-time when it really hits me. I feel like screaming and sobbing into my pillow. This awful disease is going to take Rob away.”