Coronation Street Ryan Thomas’ dad Dougie dies, aged 72, as tributes pour in for Manchester soul singer

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RYAN Thomas’ soul singer dad Dougie James has sadly died.

It was reported this morning the 70s music legend, who toured with The Jackson 5 with his band Dougie James And The Soul Train, had passed away.


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BBC Manchester’s Mike Shaft paid tribute to Dougie and said: “He played all over the north west, in those days when they were playing places like Golden Garter they’d have bands on, an American band and then Dougie James.

“Wonderful guy, always a smile on his face. Always a happy story. Very sad news.”

It is not yet known how Dougie, aged in his 70s, died.

Dougie is dad to ex-Corrie star Ryan, 36, and twin sons, former Emmerdale actor Adam and ex-Love Island contestant, Scott, both 32.

Last year, the boys headed to India with their dad for ITV documentary Mancs In Mumbai where they explored their heritage.

Tributes have flooded in for Dougie after the tragic news was announced.

His brother brother Barry said: “Thanks to Ryan, Scott and Adam for letting me know the legend that was my brother Dougie James has passed away.

“Thanks for the laughs the musical education bro, see you on the other side.”

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