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

‘He touched the hearts of so many’: Emmerdale actor Sam Gannon dies suddenly aged 31 while visiting family in California

  • 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
  • The circumstances of Sam’s death are being investigated by the police, but his death is not being treated as suspicious
  • Musician and actor Sam got his big television break when he was cast as a horse-drawn coachman in ITV soap Emmerdale in 2019

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

The screen star was visiting family 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 aged 31, with his sister Amy confirming he died in California while visiting family on Tuesday this week

According to the Yorkshire PostAmy said: ‘Sam was a whirlwind, a unique character to say the least.

‘He truly cared for others and was a very sensitive soul. It is clear from the tributes we have received that he has touched the hearts of many.”

His friend Lewis Matthews added: ‘Sam was a “real Duracell bunny” with a seemingly endless supply of energy and love.

Screen break: Musician and actor Sam got his big TV break when he was cast as a horse-drawn coachman in ITV soap Emmerdale in 2019

Screen break: Musician and actor Sam got his big TV break when he was cast as a horse-drawn coachman in ITV soap Emmerdale in 2019

Screen break: Musician and actor Sam got his big TV break when he was cast as a horse-drawn coachman in ITV soap Emmerdale in 2019

‘He delighted the audience with his charm, wit and his wonderful musical abilities.’

The circumstances of Sam’s death are being investigated by the police, but his death is not being treated as suspicious.

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Sam for further comment.

Musician and actor Sam got his big television break when he was cast as a horse-drawn coachman in ITV soap Emmerdale in 2019.

He played the character of Kev and appeared alongside Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) in a number of scenes.

He also appeared alongside actor John Thomson in a short film entitled Talking with Angels.

Sam also performed with a number of regional theater groups including Gobbledigook Theater and The Northumberland Theater Company.

Heartfelt: A number of tributes were posted on the JustGiving page set up by Sam's family

Heartfelt: A number of tributes were posted on the JustGiving page set up by Sam's family

Heartfelt: A number of tributes were posted on the JustGiving page set up by Sam’s family

His family aim to raise the £17,000 needed to repatriate Sam’s body from California back to the UK. Over £6,300 had been raised at the time of writing.

A statement on the JustGiving page said: ‘Sam was a true performer, and any extra money raised will be donated to a UK charity supporting youth theatre, a cause close to Sam’s heart.’

Tributes for the actor poured in via the JustGiving page, with Olwen May writing: ‘I directed Sam in a few projects. He was such a talented young actor and brought great joy to friends and audiences. This is a true, sad loss. My thoughts are with his family. So sorry.’

Another person wrote: ‘So sorry to hear about Sam – I went to college with him and he really was the sweetest person. I hope you can bring him home.’

Another former colleague wrote: ‘Rest in peace Sam. Such a lovely guy and lots of funny and wonderful memories working together in Sheffield. Sending love to all your family and friends during this difficult time.’

While another shared: ‘I’m so saddened to hear this. I had the privilege of meeting Sam at the Fringe festival, such a charismatic and kind person who would connect with anyone. My thoughts are with you all.’

Repatriation: Sam's family aim to raise the £17,000 needed to repatriate Sam's body from California back to the UK. Over £6,300 had been raised at the time of writing

Repatriation: Sam's family aim to raise the £17,000 needed to repatriate Sam's body from California back to the UK. Over £6,300 had been raised at the time of writing

Repatriation: Sam’s family aim to raise the £17,000 needed to repatriate Sam’s body from California back to the UK. Over £6,300 had been raised at the time of writing

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