Sinead Tinker's tragic battle with cervical cancer came to a "heartbreaking" end last night as she finally passed away.
Coronation Street fans were left “sobbing” on Friday night as Sinead – played by Katie McGlynn – sadly lost her battle to cancer and bowed out of the soap after seven years.
And it’s safe to say the episode – which saw Sinead pass away during son Bertie’s bedtime story – caused emotions to run high as even Katie said she didn’t recognise herself taking her final breath on-screen.
Speaking at the Inside Soap Awards earlier this month, Katie said: “It was so sad because we’ve developed the character for six and a half years and I feel like I know her.
“She’s gone now so watching her final days, I don’t feel like I’m watching myself, I feel like I’m watching her. It’s really sad. I feel like someone has died.”
Katie took to Twitter moments after the emotionally-charged scenes were aired on Friday to thank everyone for their continued support. Including co-star Rob Mallard who played her on-screen husband Daniel Osbourne.
She tweeted: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your amazing support and love..thank you to every single person who makes Coronation Street the brilliant show that it is and most importantly, THANK YOU to every single viewer for following Sinead’s journey.”
On working alongside Rob, Katie added: “My onscreen hubby and partner in crime @Rob_Mallard , you my darling have been absolutely incredible.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better actor to work alongside on this story and I can’t wait to carry on watching how it all unfolds for Daniel.”
It has been a heartbreaking storyline that captured the nation after Sinead initially opted for a holistic treatment for fear chemotherapy would hurt her baby whilst she was pregnant.
The cervical cancer later spread to her liver and lymph nodes and became terminal. Although Katie admitted she “underestimated” how difficult the storyline would be on her own mental health, she hopes it has raised awareness of the importance of cervical smears.
“Watching her die was just awful, but it’s raising awareness and I just hope that we are doing that,” she explained. “I love this storyline because it covers so many issues. I just wanted to highlight the fact people are dying of cancer.
“If you take anything from tonights episode, please…. GO FOR YOUR SMEARS! It could save your life.”