FORMER Emmerdale star Sam Gannon passed away unexpectedly over the weekend following a trip to the US to visit family.
Tributes have been paid to the former Emmerdale star, 31, who 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 coachman Kev in Emmerdale in 2019.
The actor is survived by mum Angie, brothers Jason and Jordan, his partner and “love of his life'” Zoe.
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