The scenes in question were said to be similar to the circumstances in which the body of the late Christopher Brahney was found. The 22-year-old Manchester man went missing following a Stone Roses concert two weeks ago.
A spokesperson for the Coronation Street told ITV News
, “[We] have taken the decision to remove references in this Friday’s show, which although scripted and filmed weeks ago, bore some similarities to the manner in which Christopher Brahney’s body was found.”
Since Manchester Police confirmed
that a body found in the canal at Salford Quays earlier this week was that of Chris Brahney, tributes have been received from hundreds of people, including from the Stone Roses themselves
and many other bands.
The Coronation Street
spokesperson added their condolences to the Brahney family, saying, “Like many others, we were extremely saddened by the news of his death, and our thoughts and condolences are with his family.”
According to the Manchester Evening News
, the original Coronation Street
plot included scenes containing “discussions between characters about the discovery of a body in a canal”.
The body of Christopher Brahney was found in the Manchester Ship Canal on Monday morning, near to MediaCity, where the new Coronation Street
set is being built.
The 22-year-old went missing on 29 June after attending a Stone Roses concert in Manchester. Friends and family co-ordinated a massive attempt
to find him, which included a rally in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, attended by hundreds of people, and the setting up of a Facebook.
On Wednesday, Digital Journal reported that Facebook
were refusing to allow that page to be taken off the site, despite the wishes of Chris’s family. Apparently, Facebook will only delete a group if it has no members. Consequently, people are being asked to leave the group, in order for it to be closed.
Meanwhile, NME reports that
, a tribute campaign to get the band’s anthem “One Love
” to the top of the UK singles chart has been cancelled, “at the request of Chris’s parents”.