Brookside star Louis Emerick has been left devastated by the loss of his brother.
The 61-year-old actor, who played Mick Johnson in the Scouse soap, told fans his brother Jimmy had gained his "heavenly wings" last week.
Posting to his Twitter page, Louis shared a sweet snap with himself and his two brothers, Jimmy and David, writing: "Good morning all happy @ballstocancer #TBT the only #TBT I could post today.
"Here with my 2 elder brothers, Jimmy and David, from 2015. Sadly Jimmy (on the right) got his heavenly wings yesterday.
"So a bitter, but more sweet today, that I have so many great memories. Goodnight Rkid."
Fans and fellow actors turned out in support for the soap legend, with Peep Show’s Neil Fitzmaurice posting: “Sorry to hear that Lou. RIP Jimmy. Love to the family xx".
Holby City star Mark Moraghan penned: "Sorry to read that Lou. Thoughts with you and the family x".
And EastEnders actor Gary Webster commented: "So sorry to hear that Louis. Sending much love and support. It is a lovely photo that just says togetherness."
Later, Louis took to social media once more to thank everyone for their support, writing: "Hey peeps, I want to thank all of you for your lovely messages of love, support, empathy and strength… cannot thank you enough."
Louis has long since been a supporter of Balls to Cancer, which helps to support men with cancer and their families.
The charity encourages people to regularly get screened and checked for cancer.
In one sweet tweet, Louis said: "Good morning all happy @ballstocancer #SmearTestSaturday. Ladies, had your 1st test? Your follow-up appointment? Please ladies do not delay, peace of mind, early detection, treatment begins! Tests up cases down. We need you ladies, you are essential to us."
Though Louis is best known for his role in Brookside, in which his character Mick was involved in storylines concerning everything from stalking to euthanasia, he’s also appeared in Coronation Street, where he played Mike Thornberry – Liz McDonald’s love interest.
But when Liz rejected him for Johnny Connor, he left the street and took to France.
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Louis has also appeared in Last of the Summer Wine, Doctors, Benidorm and even Casualty.
Speaking of his first soap experience, Louis said: "I did 12 years on Brookie, and I loved it.
"It was a great cast, great company, great vibe. The whole thing was brilliant. It taught me a lot about being in front of a camera."
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