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Zoe Delaney & Elaine Blackburne

Tributes following sudden death of Brookside and Coronation Street star James Caroll

Soap star James Caroll has died. The actor, who appeared on Brookside for three years, also appeared in Coronation Street as well as being a member of a band.

He was best known for his role as Brian ‘Bumper’ Humphreys on the Channel 4 soap between 1988 and 1991. However his most recent soap appearance was playing Mary Taylor’s friend Colin in ITV soap Coronation Street earlier this year.

It is understood that he died suddenly. No cause of death is believed to have been confirmed, according to The Mirror.

The actor was reported to have suffered from pneumonia two years ago. However he went on to make a full recovery from the infection.

James, from Preston, had also been documenting his life, including appearances from his wife Justine and their children, on YouTube. He told viewers he had a condition which meant arteries in his brain could rupture at any time.

He told viewers: "I've been with Justine now, what - nearly 13 years. Me and Justine have had so much fun in 13 years.

"It's difficult to think about concerns about not being here because - you know, without meeting Justine and without having the boys, I think about those 13 years. If I died tomorrow, I'd be a happy man," he poignantly adds.

"I wouldn't be up wherever I was, I wouldn't be bitter about it, because in life and experience and stuff like that, I've had just such good fun and such an amount of love and good times."

In addition to his acting and social media work, James was also a member of musical act 2 Toned - an established Ska tribute duo celebrating ska, reggae and 2 tone music from the British charts. Following his death, one of James' bandmates paid tribute on the band's Facebook page.

It reads: "My Heart is Broken. My amazing Friend, mentor and brother James Caroll Jimmy has sadly passed away. Jimmy and I had an awesome act and we had 12 great years and over 850 shows all over country and met and entertained thousands of wonderful people many now we call friends.

"The time on stage was sensational but the quality time spent traveling, laughing, crying, joking and of course singing and just being a huge part of each others lives is something. It continues: "I will always remember and treasure for the rest of my days. I love you Jim goodnight until we meet again my dearest friend enjoy yourself it's later than you think."

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