Coronation Street airs shocking death as actor departs soap following heartbreaking final scene
Coronation Street aired the shocking death of Shelly Rossington on Friday night’s episode.
Viewers have watched Paul Foreman (Peter Ash) and his close friend Shelly (Natalie Amber) bond over their motor neurone disease diagnosis.
During Friday’s episode, Paul refused the use of a wheelchair despite the fact he now struggles to walk.
Paul set off for Shelly’s house but tripped and fell with no one around to help him.
He made an emergency call to Todd Grimshaw who came to his rescue and informed Paul he would have to start using a wheelchair whether he liked it or not.
After a chat with his friends, Paul placed a call to Shelly to inform her he wouldn’t be able to see her that night.
However, the scene then cut to paramedics rushing into Shelly’s house where she was found unresponsive.
‘I think she went in her sleep,’ her attendant told the paramedics.
It comes after Paul previously revealed his intentions to end his own life via assisted death as he battles the disease.
Paul (Peter Ash) turned to boyfriend Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank) to ask him for help ending his agony when the time came.
But the vicar was left heartbroken by the ask saying that he would never help put his beloved partner ‘down like a dog’.
It would go against his beliefs and Christian faith and after a tense conversation Paul appeared to accept that his beau would never come round to the idea.
However later Billy admitted: ‘I thought you were going to propose, when you said you wanted to talk to me’.
Paul jumped at the idea declaring: ‘It’s a good idea, I can’t get down on one knee but we should’.
However he didn’t seem totally on board with the idea of a wedding and could use it as a way of eventually getting what he wants.
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1.
WHAT IS MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE?
Motor neurone disease is caused when nerves in the brain and spinal cord — which are needed to walk, speak and breathe — stop working properly.
As the condition progresses, sufferers find that all of these actions become more difficult or impossible.
It is not clear what causes the condition and there is currently no single test or cure.
But it is thought to be linked to the build-up of proteins in the brain that clump together and cause problems with moving, breathing and thinking.
Symptoms of the condition begin gradually over weeks and months, usually on one side of the body before worsening.
These include a weakened grip, dragging of the left leg and slurred speech.
Around 5,000 people have MND in the UK at any one time.
Sufferers live for three to five years, on average, after they are diagnosed. Byt some may live for up to 10 years.