Coronation Street fans heap praise on Shayne Ward after suicide exit

9 May 2018, 13:20 | Updated: 9 May 2018, 16:55

Viewers were left in tears after emotional scenes showing Aidan Connor taking his own life, with his fiance Sophie Austin leading the tributes online.

Sophie, 34, posted that she is "forever in awe" of her longterm boyfriend after his final scenes aired on Monday night's Corrie.

Talking of his last scenes as Aidan Connor, Sophie posted a photo of their daughter walking across the famous Cobbles on Instagram. 

She added: “So here we are at the end of this long journey, one that I'm so so proud of you for taking.

“At first it was such a hard decision and road to face knowing how important this story was for us as a family and for so many others. 

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Shayne's character killed himself on Monday night's show (Image: ITV)

“You were scared as you wanted to do it justice! Well you did my darling, you listened to stories/ experiences, learnt, revisited your own memories and tragic loss and worked hard to make this story the truest it could be and to hopefully help others and get people taking.”

Knowing the pressures of acting herself, having formerly starred in Hollyoaks, Sophie added: “I will forever be in awe of you and your amazing talent as an actor. Thank you my love xx." 

Tonight’s hour-long episode of Corrie, will continue on from Monday’s emotional plot, and will show Aidan's father Johnny discover his dead body.

Shayne and his girlfriend Sophie Austin (Image: Getty) 

On Monday fans took to Twitter the praise the 33-year-old, with others thanking Coronation Street for raising awareness about such an important - but under discussed - issue. 

One fan posted: "Brilliant piece of acting tonight so many people hit rock bottom and only half us bounce back. Well done Shayne not an easy subject no one will ever understand fully."

Another said: "Crying my eyes out you never know who has mental health issues well done #shayneward for helping bring this issue forward in such a heartfelt manner."