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

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

  • The screen star was visiting family in California at the time of his death, and his sister Amy Kelly confirmed the sad news
  • After Sam died on Tuesday, his family and friends launched a JustGiving page to raise the £17,000 needed to have his remains repatriated from the United States.
  • The circumstances of Sam’s death are being investigated by police, but his death is not considered suspicious.
  • Musician and actor Sam got his big break on television in 2019 when he was cast as a coachman on the ITV soap show Emmerdale.
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Emmerdale actor Sam Gannon has died aged 31.

The screen star was visiting family in California at the time of his death and his sister Amy Kelly confirmed the sad news.

Sam died Tuesday and his family and friends started a JustGiving page to raise the £17,000 needed to repatriate his body from the United States.

Sad news: Emmerdale actor Sam Gannon has died at the age of 31, his sister Amy confirmed he died in California this Tuesday while visiting family

According to the Yorkshire Post, Amy said: “Sam was a whirlwind and a unique character, to say the least.

“He really cared about others and was a very sensitive soul. It is clear from the compliments we have received that he has touched the hearts of so many people.”

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His friend Louis Matthews said: “Sam was a ‘real Duracell bunny’ with an endless supply of energy and love.

Screen break: Musician and actor Sam got his big TV break in 2019 when he was cast as a carriage driver on the ITV soap Emmerdale.

“He wowed audiences with his charm, wit and great musical ability.”

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

MailOnline has reached out to Sam’s rep for further comments.

Musician and actor Sam got his big break on television in 2019 when he was cast as a coachman on the ITV soap show Emmerdale.

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He played the character of Kev and appeared in many scenes opposite Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins).

He also starred alongside actor John Thomson in a short film titled Talking with Angels.

Sam has also performed with many regional theater groups including Gobbledygook Theater and the Northumberland Theater Company.

His family are looking to raise the £17,000 needed to repatriate Sam’s body from California to the UK. At the time of writing, over £6,300 had been raised.

According to the JustGiving page: “Sam was a real performer. Additional proceeds go to UK charities that support youth theatre, a cause close to Sam’s heart.”

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