Coronation Street has confirmed that Aidan Connor will tragically take his own life in scenes set to air next week.

Actor Shayne Ward previously said that his character's departure from the soap would be "one of Corrie's most shocking exits."

In a special hour-long episode to air next Wednesday, viewers will hear that Johnny Connor has discovered his son's body at his flat after Aidan failed to turn up to work at the factory.

Johnny Connor's devastated to find out his son Aidan has taken his own life

Ward says that he hopes that the storyline will send a message to viewers, particularly young men, that they should not be afraid to talk about their problems.

He said: "When I was approached by the writers and producer with this storyline, I knew straightaway just how impactful it is going to be on the public.

"I was heartbroken initially when I found out I was leaving because I love being in Coronation Street. But this is bigger than anything that I will ever do in my career. I think it will be one of the things that I will be most proud of doing, because of the message it sends out."

Ward will appear as Aidan for the last time in next Monday's episode when he surprises Eva (Catherine Tyldesley) by visiting her at the cottage she has been living in since giving birth to their baby Susie.

Shayne Ward's final scenes as Aidan to air next Monday

He later returns to a family party at the Rovers Return where is in a troubled state of mind. His final scene sees him alone and crying in his flat.

Former X Factor winner Ward says he hopes that male viewers will identify with his character and seek help if they are having issues.

He said: "Aidan is an 'everyman' figure, which is important in telling this story. 

"We hope that anyone who recognises something of themselves in Aidan, will realise they can and really should talk about how they are feeling."

Coronation Street producer Kate Oates reiterated how important it was for the soap to cover the issue.

She said: "Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in their country. With 84 men taking their lives each week, we simply can't afford to not talk about it.

"Through this story we want to to assure anyone who feels suicidal that there is always someone who wants to listen and support you. We want to tell people that however black they are feeling, there is always another way."

Ward's final appearance on Coronation Street will be broadcast next Monday. A special, hour-long episode will follow on Wednesday. 

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