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Sam Gannon dead: Emmerdale star dies suddenly at 31 while travelling in California

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Emmerdale, has died aged 31.The actor’s family has confirmed the sad news, describing Sam as a “sensitive soul”. Sam's sister Amy Kelly paid tribute to the late star, saying: "Sam was a whirlwind, a unique character to say the least."He genuinely cared for others and was a very sensitive soul. “It is clear from the tributes we have received that he touched the hearts of so many.’’Close friend Lewis Matthews added: "Sam was a ‘real life Duracell bunny' with a seemingly endless supply of energy and love.READ MORE: Anne Heche 'rushed to hospital with burns as car crashes into house'"He delighted audiences with his charm, wit and his wonderful musical abilities."The star's death is being investigated by police but is not being treated as suspicious.Sam starred on the ITV soap alongside Emma Atkins - who plays Charity Dingle - back in 2019.As Sam tragically died in California, his family have had to start a JustGiving page to raise money to bring him back home to the UK."Due to the recent and sudden passing of Sam.

All donations will be put towards the repatriation of his body from the US and his funeral," they penned."We are putting the target as £17,000 as we do not yet know the actual cost.“Sam was a true performer, and any extra money raised will be donated to a UK charity supporting youth theatre, a cause close to Sam’s heart."Amy has discussed plans to set up a foundation in her brother's name for those who "need extra support".Apart from his stint on ITV’s Emmerdale, Sam also appeared in a short film titled Talking with Angels with TV star John Thomson.The majority of the star’s career took place on stage, where he worked with regional theatre groups on successful tours of the country.

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