Emmerdale actor Sam Gannon has died at the age of 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 passed away on 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’s clear from the compliments we received that he touched the hearts of so many people.”
His friend Louis Matthews said, “Sam was a ‘real-life 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 in the ITV soap Emmerdale.
“He delighted 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 reached out to Sam’s rep for further comment.
Musician and actor Sam got his big break on television in 2019 when he was cast as a carriage driver on ITV’s soap show Emmerdale.
He played the character of Kev and appeared in many scenes alongside Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins).
He also starred in a short film titled ‘Talking with Angels’ alongside actor John Thomson.
Sam has also performed with many regional theater companies, including the Gobbledygook Theater and the Northumberland Theater Company.
His family aims to raise the £17,000 needed to repatriate Sam’s body from California to the UK. At the time of this writing, over £6,300 had been collected.
The JustGiving page states, “Sam was a true performer. Additional proceeds will go to British charities supporting youth theater, a cause close to Sam’s heart.”