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Sam Gannon dead: Emmerdale actor dies suddenly aged 31 after travelling to US as family pay tribute

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

Sam Gannon, 31, was traveling in California when he tragically died on Tuesday.

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Sam Gannon died on TuesdayCredit: JustGiving

The actor’s death is being investigated by the 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 Duracell bunny’ with a seemingly endless supply of energy and love.

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“He delighted the audience with his charm, wit and his wonderful musical abilities.”

Sam played horse-drawn 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 the short film Talking with Angels with Cold Feet star John Thomson.

Amy has now launched a JustGiving site raising money to bring Sam back to the UK.

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

The mother added: “Acting and theater were a cause close to Sam’s heart.

Sam is survived by mother Angie, brothers Jason and Jordan, partner and “love of his life” Zoe, nieces Matilda and Bethany and cousins ​​Louis and Evan.

Sam appeared in Emmerdale in 2019

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Sam appeared in Emmerdale in 2019
Tributes have flooded in for the actor

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Tributes have flooded in for the actorCredit: Twitter

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