London:- British soap actor Stephen Hancock has died, aged 89. Hancock passed away on Sunday. No further details were released as WENN went to press. He is best known for playing Ernest Bishop in long-running soap opera Coronation Street from 1967. Following a salary dispute with producers, Hancock’s character was dramatically shot and killed off in 1978. A spokesperson for the show tells Digitalspy.com, “We are saddened to hear of Stephen’s death and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.–CN