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Emmerdale actor Sam Gannon dies suddenly at the age of 31 while visiting family in California 

Emmerdale actor Sam Gannon dies suddenly at the age of 31 while visiting family in California

Emmerdale actor Sam Gannon has died at the age of 31.

The screen star was visiting family in California at the time of his death, with his sister Amy Kelly confirming the sad news.

Sam died on Tuesday and his family and friends have started a JustGiving page in a bid to raise the £17,000 needed to repatriate his body from the US.

Sad news: Emmerdale actor Sam Gannon has died at the age of 31

According to the Yorkshire Post, Amy said: ‘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.’’

His friend 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.’

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