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Actor Dies Suddenly at the Age of 31 While Visiting Family in California

TRIBUTES have been paid to an Emmerdale actor who died suddenly while staying with family in the US.

Sam Gannon, 31, was travelling in California when he tragically passed away on Tuesday.

The actor’s death is being investigated by police but is not being treated as suspicious.

His sister Amy Kelly, 34, 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.’’

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.”

Sam played horse drawn carriage coachman Kev in Emmerdale in 2019.

He starred on screen alongside Emma Atkins, who plays Charity Dingle .

Sam, from Brayton, North Yorks, also had a role in short film Talking with Angels with Cold Feet star John Thomson.

Amy has now launched a JustGiving page to raise money to bring Sam back to the UK.

She said any extra funds donated would be put towards a UK charity supporting youth theatre.

The mum added: “Acting and theatre was a cause close to Sam’s heart.”

Sam leaves behind mum Angie, brothers Jason and Jordan, partner and “love of his life'” Zoe, nieces Matilda and Bethany and nephews Louis and Evan.

READ 16 COMMENTS
  • John says:

    California soy boys and everyone else who lives in CommieForney country, with they’re unconstitutional socialist mandates and their communist political leaders can thank a Democrat one world order elitist Antichrist for their untimely death

  • diane baker says:

    The JAB strikes again.

  • Russell says:

    What is the rest of the story? He didn’t just “die.” Something killed him? Drugs? The vax? What??

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