Coronation Street's Richard Hawley reveals he based heartbreaking scenes as Aidan's grieving dad on a real life tragedy

Richard, who plays Aidain's dad Johnny Connor, says he based the heartbreaking Corrie scenes on his friend Dan Bridge, who lost his son Flyn to suicide 14 years ago.

Speaking about the tragic storyline, he said: "Through my own life I do have connections with the story and stories such as these.

“I have a friend who I tried to honour through this performance.

"He went through a very similar story to this.

"But it is wider than that, this stuff is going on and on a repeated level."

Richard continued: “I have just got a sense of mission and wanted to do it well to honour the families of the fallen.

"I wanted us to do what we can to make a seismic change in our culture."

Aidan Connor, played by Shayne Ward committed suicide in last night's episode.

Johnny will be left devastated when he discovers his son's body in tomorrow's episode.

After last night's episode, viewers spotted the heartbreaking clues that predicted Aidan's suicide.

Fans of the soap were moved to tears when they realised the significance of the songs playing in the background.

He was seen in his flat explaining why he hadn't unpacked his moving in boxes and fans realised a tragic song was playing on his radio.

The track was Breath of Life by Florence and The Machine, which is seemingly about death and heartbreak.

The musical clues continued later on in a scene with Ken Barlow.

Ken is playing a segment from Mozart's the Magic Flute and he explains the song is about a character called Papageno, who tries to take his own life.

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