The family of Piccadilly Rats dancer Ray Boddington, who is currently fighting for his life after being hit by a tram, have posted an update on his health on Facebook.
Ray was seriously injured in Manchester city centre on Wednesday evening after being hit by a tram on High Street, between Market Street and Shudehill.
Posted on the Ray Boddington Facebook profile page, the update, which we believe comes from a family member of Ray, reads:
"Ray has had the breathing pipe taken out he still breathing on his own his family are around his bed side at this time to be there for there dad we send all our love too him hope you all are ok well manchester will miss its heart we love you ray we will love you forever thank you for the laughs the smiles and the fun the family will keep us updated when the time has come for him thank you"
Ray has had an incredible outpouring of support on social media since the incident, and yesterday, a photo of the famous spot where Ray and the Piccadilly Rats regularly perform was posted onto Twitter to an emotional response.
The 77-year-old was taken to hospital by paramedics, who were called to the scene immediately after the police response on Wednesday evening - and he has been in critical condition with his family around his bed ever since.
An investigation into the collision is currently underway and Greater Manchester Police are urging anyone with information to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ray and his friends and family at this tough time. Ray has an incredible spirit and we know he will fight to the very end.