Coronation Street spoiler: Shayne Ward's exit as Aidan Connor revealed

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How Shayne Ward's character Aidan Connor will leave Coronation Street has been revealed - SPOILER.

Shayne will exit the ITV soap soon after three years on the cobbles.

And it will be a heartbreaking departure, with Corrie bosses confirming that Aidan will take his own life in a suicide storyline.

The plot will follow how his family and friends come to terms with the shock and loss of Aidan.

Coronation Street writers worked with charities such as Samaritans and CALM to make sure the episodes air with sensitivity and realism.

Shayne said: "I am honoured to have been trusted with a storyline like this, it shows the confidence that Kate and the team had in me to be able to play it. When you get given a storyline like this it is a decision that is not taken lightly, I have played it with as much honesty and truth as I could.

"I am very proud of what I have done in my three years on the show and on this storyline in particular."

He said of his character's exit: "Aidan is an 'everyman' figure, he is someone men can identify with, which is important in telling this story. We hope that anyone who recognises something of themselves in Aidan, will realise they can, and really should, talk about how they're feeling.

"Talking could have helped Aidan to turn his life around. It could have brought him relief from what he was going through. This is what his loved ones would have wanted. Suicide is a very permanent response to what are usually temporary problems.

"We all know someone who has maybe felt like Aidan did, someone who found it hard to talk and we have all heard stories like Aidan's when it was too late, when people looked back and wished they had spotted the signs, but it isn't always possible.

"If we can encourage someone who is feeling low, who is having the sort of thoughts Aidan was having, to realise they need to talk, then we have achieved what we set out to with this story."

Outgoing Corrie boss Kate Oates added: "Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in this country. With 84 men taking their lives each week, we quite simply can't afford to not talk about it.

"Aidan's story, bravely and brilliantly tackled by Shayne Ward, is designed to give people who hide their feelings of desperation a chance to start a conversation, letting someone know what they're going through.

"Through this story, we want to assure anyone who feels suicidal that there is always someone who wants to listen and support you: whether a friend, family member, or one of the brilliant charities we have been working with throughout this story. We want to tell people that however bleak they are feeling, there is always another way."

Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights.

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