Actor Alan Igbon has died "peacefully" at the age of 68, his niece has confirmed.

The star was best known for his role as absent father Tony Stewart on Coronation Street, as well as making appearances in Brookside, Doctors, and the police drama The Professionals.

Igbon is said to have died in early December, with his niece confirming her uncle "passed away peaceful" in a touching statement.

His cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Sharing the statement on Facebook, his niece Lee-Ann Igbon wrote: "Early December 2020 my mums brother Alan Igbon my uncle passed away peaceful.

"He is well known for being an actor in Boys from the black stuff, Scum, GBH, Coronation st, Brookside and many more. R.i.e.p xxx."

Born in Manchester, Igbon launched his acting career in his teens, first appearing in 1979's remake of the controversial borstal TV film Scum.

Soap stars will remember him as the estranged father of regular character Jason Grimshaw, played by Ryan Thomas.

Actor Alan Igbon has died "peacefully" at the age of 68
Igbon played the estranged father of regular character Jason Grimshaw on Corrie

His character of Tony Stewart first appeared on the cobbles in 2003, clashing with Jason's mum Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) on the street.

Igbon was later replaced by another actor, Terence Maynard, in the role, before the character of Tony was dramatically killed off in 2016.

Aside from Corrie, the Mancunian star also appeared in cherished soaps Doctors and Brookside, as well as the 90s TV drama GBH.

In 1980, he had a lead role in the nail-biting police drama The Professionals, playing Angadi, a member of a kidnapping gang.

Igbon was described as an "underrated actor" by his friend

Igbon's former co-star Louis Emerick has paid tribute to the actor's legacy, branding the soap star as "very underrated" in his career on the screen.

He wrote: "Another sad loss, #AlanAdjIgbon..Riep Adj. Boys from the blackstuff,Scum,Gbh,Brooky, Corrie,Adj graced them all.

"A very underrated actor,Adj was an inspiration to me,he and @PaulBarberActor made me realise 'yes it can be done'. Goodbye Adj, never forgotten."