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Emmerdale star dies suddenly aged just 31 as heartbroken family pay tribute

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Emmerdale star Sam Gannon has sadly died suddenly at the age of just 31 while travelling in California.He had been staying with family across the pond.The actor's sister Amy Kelly confirmed that he passed away on Tuesday, saying of her brother: "Sam was a whirlwind, a unique character to say the least.READ MORE:Emmerdale Faith's health deteriorates as fans say they 'don't want her to go'"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.’’His pal Lewis Matthews added: "Sam was a ‘real life Duracell bunny' with a seemingly endless supply of energy and love."He delighted audiences with his charm, wit and his wonderful musical abilities."His death is currently being investigated by police, but is not being treated as suspicious.Sam appeared in two episodes of the ITV soap as Kev, a horse-drawn carriage coachman, back in 2019, and shared the screen with Charity Dingle star Emma Atkins.His sister has now created a JustGiving page to bring Sam's body back to the UK with a target of £17,000.The page states that any extra funds raised will be donated to a charity in support of youth theatres around the UK, a "cause close to Sam's heart".Amy is also intent on setting up a foundation in her brother's name for those who "need extra support".The crowdfunding page has already raised more than £6,000, with friends, family and fans paying tribute to the late actor.For more of the latest showbiz news from Daily Star, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.One family member said they are "truly humbled and still overwhelmed by the outpouring of love" demonstrated by donors.Elsewhere, pals Claire and David Hakin said: "The very.

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