A cameraman whose credits included Hollyoaks and Gladiators has passed away after a two-month illness.
Felix Schroer died after a two-month illness, which his sister took to Twitter to reveal he’d suspected was coronavirus, amid the ongoing pandemic.
News of his passing comes as Hollyoaks bosses revealed that production on the long-running E4 soap has been halted.
Tragic: Felix Schroer, a cameraman whose credits included Hollyoaks and Gladiators has passed away after a two-month illness, his sister has revealed on Twitter
Answering a fellow Twitter user’s question about whether he should self-isolate after developing a ‘fairly persistent dry cough’, she replied: ‘Many are in this situation. I lost my brother on Friday. He had cough/runny nose for 2 months.
‘He was given antibiotics by GP last Monday & self isolated. He died on Friday. It seems he had a massive allergic reaction to the medication but believed he had Covid 19 & no test done.’
She continued: ‘The aftercare support wasn’t there & online advice made him believe allergic reaction was side effect of helpful drug – so he carried on. But we cannot speculate as we have not been able to speak to coroner yet.’
Halting: The news comes as production on long-running E4 soap Hollyoaks was halted, amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis
Reveal: His sister, Sylvia Schroer, revealed her brother’s tragic passing on Twitter on Monday, as she answered another user’s question about whether he should self-isolate
Paying tribute to her beloved sibling, Ms. Schroer added: ‘RIP Felix Schroer – you were rock solid gold. You were being stoic & strong & believed you were doing the right thing.’
Bosses of the popular series put out an announcement on Sunday, also revealing that the number of episodes aired weekly would be reduced from five to three.
The press release reads: ‘Dear Hollyoaks viewers… It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to pause filming of Hollyoaks.
‘From Monday 30th March, we will be reducing the number of our weekly new episodes from five down to three, which will air Monday to Wednesday.’
Medication: Felix’s sister said, ‘He was given antibiotics by GP last Monday & self isolated. He died on Friday. It seems he had a massive allergic reaction to the medication but believed he had Covid 19 & no test done’
Bosses of the show went on to reveal that fans will still be able to get their Hollyoaks fix, with the introduction of a new series in which they can watch all-time highlights.
The press release continued: ‘To make sure we stay on air every week night, fans can look forward to extra special episodes every Thursday and Friday on E4, as we begin a brand new series of “Hollyoaks Favourites”.
‘Introduced by Kieron Richardson and Jorgie Porter, this series will give viewers a chance to revisit some of our biggest episodes, from weddings, bust-ups, heartbreaks and some of our biggest and best stunts.
‘We will start the series with Mercedes’ fourth wedding, to Dr Browning.
‘Soaps are an important part of people’s lives and we have 25 years of Hollyoaks Favourites to revisit over coming weeks, celebrating the history of the show that you love.
‘We will remain as present as ever on our social platforms so please keep in touch with us here, stay safe and take care of yourselves. Thank you for your ongoing support. Love from everyone at Hollyoaks.’
The news came within hours of ITV’s announcement that the production of Coronation Street and Emmerdale will stop from Monday due to COVID-19 concerns.
A statement from the broadcaster said its staff had been working hard to ensure filming continued ‘whilst adhering to the Government’s latest health guidelines’.
Announcement: The news comes as ITV bosses confirmed they would be halting filming for Coronation Street and Emmerdale from Monday March 23
It said enough episodes have been recorded to see both soaps through until the early summer.
The statement said: ‘ITV has sadly taken the decision to suspend production of the soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale with effect from Monday March 23.
‘We’ve been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the Government’s latest health guidelines, to ensure we’ve episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer.
‘However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming.
Suspend: A statement from ITV read, ‘ITV has sadly taken the decision to suspend production of the soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale with effect from Monday 23rd March’
‘We’d like to thank our viewers for their support and hope they continue to enjoy both soaps in the coming months.’
Earlier this week, the BBC suspended filming of EastEnders and other top BBC dramas including Casualty, Doctors, Holby City, River City and Welsh series Pobol y Cwm.
EastEnders fans will still be able to get their fix of Walford from episodes already filmed, and TV bosses say just two episodes will air each week to make them last as long as possible.
Coronation Street tweeted to fans: ‘We’ll still be on air next week as normal, apart from Friday. From 30th onwards we’ll be on three times a week.’
Out of kilter: A statement from ITV warned viewers that some episodes could be ‘out of kilter’ in the next few weeks as they attempt to establish a new transmission pattern
This is not the first time ITV has been forced to take shows off air due to circumstances outside of its control.
For eleven weeks, between August and October 1979, industrial action forced Coronation street (which began in December 1960) off the air, along with the majority of the network.
On Friday Andy Whyment, 38, who plays Kirk Sutherland on Coronation Street, said the show had been forced to rewrite scripts as cast members self-isolated.
Empty: The sets of Coronation Street (pictured) and Emmerdale will remain empty over the coming weeks if not months
Changes: Coronation Street was forced to rewrite scripts as cast members self-isolated revealed Andy Whyment on Friday
The actor took to Instagram to revealed it’s been a ‘tough week’ amid the upheaval caused by the coronovirus pandemic.
Alongside a snap of himself and wife Nicola Willis enjoying a beer, the star praised everyone on the show for all pulling together during this difficult time.
He penned: ‘So ready for a drink tonight been a tough week at work with rewrites and changes with some cast members having to self isolate.
‘I just want to say I’m so proud of everyone @coronationstreet the way people have mucked in this week has been incredible and shows how much love there is for the show.
Hard times: The actor, 38, who plays Kirk Sutherland on the ITV soap took to Instagram on Friday where he revealed it’s been a ‘tough week’ amid the upheaval amidst the coronovirus pandemic
‘It’s a mad situation we all find ourselves in but we’ll get through this, stay safe everyone ❤️❤️❤️ xxx.’
His co-star Georgiua Taylor, who plays Toyah Battersby was in agreement, as she wrote: ‘Everyone has been incredible haven’t they?
‘I was saying to Mark tonight how I feel so lucky to work with such an outstanding team. And all done with such good grace and humour xxx.’
With Andy replying: ‘couldn’t agree more we have an amazing cast and crew xx.’
Tribute: Alongside a snap of himself and wife Nicola Willis enjoying a beer, the star praised everyone on the show for all pulling together during this difficult time
Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Battersby, added: ‘Totally agree. We all worked together at the worst of times. Its been difficult but everyone on and off camera has pulled together. Stay well everyone x.’
While Tyrone Dobbs actor Alan Halsall also wrote: ‘Couldn’t agree more mate, just shot the last scene of the week & the spirit was amazing! Tough times as you say & I hope @coronationstreet can keep people entertained!’
It comes after both Coronation Street and Emmerdale bosses confirmed that the soap’s planned storylines will be affected by their scheduling changes during the coronavirus pandemic.
An ITV spokesperson revealed that episodes that were planned to air around Easter or VE Day in May will inevitably be shown on a different dates, after cutting back on their weekly broadcasts to ration their filmed episodes.
Scary: Coronation Street and Emmerdale bosses confirmed that storylines will be affected the coronavirus pandemic (Samia Longchambon pictured as Maria Connor)
Which UK shows have stopped filming?
Line Of Duty
Pobol y Cwm
Call The Midwife
The Only Way Is Essex
In their statement a spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘In the coming weeks some episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale will understandably be out of kilter due to the temporary transmission pattern for both programmes which takes effect from Monday 30 March.
‘Episodes due to broadcast at Easter and those commissioned and filmed to commemorate VE Day, for instance, won’t now air on the dates we’d anticipated.
Coronation Street will now air just three episodes a week, while Emmerdale will only air five.
The ITV spokesperson also confirmed that despite government advice for residents to avoid social contact in pubs and restaurants, they would be continuing to include scenes in The Rovers Return and Woolpack.
They told MailOnline: ‘Additionally, as both Coronation Street and Emmerdale film many weeks before they air on ITV, episodes will continue to feature scenes set in the Rovers and Woolpack and other communal areas.
‘Although the Government’s latest guidelines indicate that people should avoid such public spaces, we’d ask viewers to make allowances for the fact that filming took place before the coronavirus pandemic… and to make sure they follow the most recent Government’s health advice.’
Corrie and Emmerdale join a long list of programmes that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many shows including rival soap EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City and Call The Midwife forced to halt filming.
Circumstances: This is not the first time ITV has been forced to take shows off air due to circumstances outside of its control
Exterior: Village exterior TV set of ‘Emmerdale’, a fictional village in the Yorkshire Dales, Created by Kevin Laffan, first broadcast on 16 October 1972