CORONATION Street fans are in tears after Johnny Connor drowned after confessing his love for ex-wife Jenny.
The businessman – who is played by actor Richard Hawley in the ITV soap – bravely saved Jenny’s life after she fell into the sinkhole.
But after she was safe, Johnny’s body gave up and he passed out, drowning in the old sewer system.
“Something’s wrong, he’s not moving,” Jenny said as Johnny failed to grab the rope to be pulled out.
Jenny begged him to fight to stay alive, shouting: “Johnny say something – are you OK?
“Johnny listen to me, they’re here. They’re going to be with you soon. You don’t have to talk to me but look at me.
“Just raise your head Johnny. Johnny look at me. They’re here.”
But in a devastating scene Johnny began to hear the voice of his late son Aidan calling him dad.
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He had previously had visions of Aidan as a symptom of his MS.
HOAR can reveal the soap used archive sound of actor Shayne Ward for the heartbreaking scene.
As she realised what was going on Jenny shouted: “Johnny please you just need to hold on. I love you.”
After telling Jenny he loved her too, Johnny slipped away under the water leaving Jenny screaming in anguish.
In heartbreaking scenes Carla watched as Jenny was brought out without Johnny and it dawned on her what had happened.
Carla broke down in tears and viewers were with her.
One wrote: “Aww that was heartbreaking hearing Johnny calling out Aidens name.”
A second said: “I cannot believe the lovely Johnny Connor has gone! ”
Another added: “Poor Johnny, I’m beyond heartbroken and when we heard Aiden’s voice well that was it!! R.I.P Johnny ”