Johnny first joined the cast of Coronation Street in 1976 and went on to appear in 2,349 episodes before he left the show in 2006.
His character, Mike, had been suffering with Alzheimer’s for months and collapsed in the street after a heart attack, dying in the arms of Ken Barlow (playe by William Roache).
Tributes have flooded social media following the sad news of Johnny’s death.
Piers Morgan took to Twitter and wrote: “RIP Johnny Briggs, 85. Coronation Street legend who played rogueish Mike Baldwin for 30yrs. Great character on & off screen.”
Ex-co star John Bowe said: “RIP Johnny Briggs. Never forgotten introducing you to Guacamole!”
Journalist Jeremy Vine referenced one of Johnny’s most iconic moments: “#RIPJohnnyBriggs — this famous bust-up between his character Mike Baldwin and Ken Barlow, over Dierdre, was watched live by 19 MILLION people.”