Coronation Street fans were left in “floods of tears” on Friday night after Seb Franklin tragically died on the ITV soap.
The builder, who was played by 21 year old actor Harry Visinoni on the cobbles, died following a brutal unprovoked attack on him and his on-screen girlfriend Nina Lucas.
Roy Cropper’s niece Nina woke up from the coma on the devastating episode while Seb’s brain function was impaired as a result of an horrific hate crime at the hands of notorious bad boy Corey Brent, played by Maximus Evans, and his mates.
Seb’s mum Abi Franklin, played by Sally Carman, was told his “brain is no longer sending messages to his body” by the doctor and the medics told her that there “was nothing more we could do” to save her son.
The devastated mum fell to the floor in the hospital ward and viewers were left sobbing at the heart-rending episode.
One wrote: “Wow we are all sat here in floods of tears….. my heart breaks, so sad I hope Seb and Nina get the justice they deserve!
“I wish people were kind and nice, can’t stand bullies.”
Another penned: “Really gutted about Seb. That was heart-breaking to watch.”
“So sad, tragic that Seb passed away. Hope the police find out about Corey and his friends that he was the one who killed Seb,” a fourth tweeted.
“Poor Abi. She’s already lost enough with the twins. I really hope Corey and co get their comeuppance very soon.”
A third tweeted: “I'm still in shock. This is one of the most powerful storylines to ever be portrayed.
“It is so important to raise awareness of social intolerance and prejudice. It's ok to be different.”
Speaking about the storyline, Harry told OK! in an exclusive interview: “It was in October and I'd asked to meet with Iain [MacLeod], the executive producer, to talk about potential avenues for Seb and this was basically proposed as an option."
“This has only been my second job and I never intended to be here forever,” Harry admitted. “It seemed like a fitting end for the character and a great way for me to end it.”
The attack mirrors the real-life story of Sophie Lancaster who was involved in an unprovoked attack as she walked through a park in Lancashire with her boyfriend Rob in 2007 because of her appearance.
Sophie tragically died at Hope Hospital, Salford, aged just 20 years old, in August 2007.
Sophie’s mum, Sylvia Lancaster OBE, set up The Sophie Lancaster Foundation in her daughter’s memory to challenges prejudices and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.
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