The woman behind one of Salford's best-loved characters died after taking ill on Tuesday. Coronation Street legend Jean Alexander, best known for her role as Hilda Ogden, has passed away at the age of 90. She was admitted to hospital on Tuesday (October 11), also the day of her 90th birthday, after taking ill, and died peacefully in her sleep earlier today (October 14), The Mirror reports. The actress' niece, Sonia Hearld, told of her shock at the news, adding that Jean had been feeling ill over the weekend when the family came together to celebrate her birthday. "She had been feeling a little poorly and had gone in for some tests," she said. "But on Tuesday she was still not too good and it was decided she might be better going back into hospital." Jean played the character of Hilda on the soap for 23 years between 1964 and 1987, and briefly reprised the role in one-off appearances in 1990 and 1998. She had previously been hospitalised in 2014 after suffering a stroke, but later reassured fans that she was "getting on with life as normal" just a few months later.