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

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

  • The screen star was visiting his family in California at the time of his death, as his sister Amy Kelly confirmed the sad news
  • Sam died on Tuesday and his family and friends started the JustGiving page in an effort to raise the £17,000 needed to get his body back from the US.
  • The police are investigating the circumstances of Sam’s death, but his death is not being treated as suspicious
  • Musician and actor Sam got his big TV break when he was cast as a horse-drawn carriage driver in the ITV Emmerdale soap in 2019

Emmerdale actor Sam Gannon has passed away at the age of 31.

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

Sam passed away on Tuesday, and his family and friends started the JustGiving page in an effort to raise the £17,000 needed to get his body back from the US.

Sad news: Emmerdale actor Sam Gannon has passed away at the age of 31, and his sister, Amy, confirmed his death in California while visiting family Tuesday this week.

Sad news: Emmerdale actor Sam Gannon has passed away at the age of 31, and his sister, Amy, confirmed his death in California while visiting family Tuesday this week.

according to Yorkshire PostAmy said, “Sam was a hiccup, a unique character to say the least.

He genuinely cared about others and was a very sensitive soul. It is clear from the tributes we received that he touched the hearts of many.”

His friend Louis Matthews added: “Sam was a ‘real Duracell rabbit’ 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 carriage driver in the ITV Emmerdale soap in 2019

SCREEN BREAK: Musician and actor Sam got his big TV break when he was cast as a horse-drawn carriage driver in the ITV Emmerdale soap in 2019

He delighted audiences with his charm, wit and wonderful musical abilities.

Police are investigating Sam’s death, but his death is not being treated as suspicious.

MailOnline contacted a Sam representative for further feedback.

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

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

He also appeared alongside actor John Thompson in a short film called Talking with Angels.

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

Heart: A number of tributes have been posted on the JustGiving page created by the Sam . family

Heart: A number of tributes have been posted on the JustGiving page created by the Sam . family

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

A statement on the JustGiving page said: “Sam was a true performer, and any additional money raised will be donated to a UK charity supporting Youth Theatre, a cause close to Sam’s heart.”

The actor’s tributes flowed through the JustGiving page, with Olwen May writing: ‘I’ve directed Sam on two projects. He was a talented young actor who brought great joy to friends and fans alike. This is a really sad loss. My thoughts are with his family. very sorry.’

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

Another former colleague wrote: “Rest in peace Sam. Such a sweet man and so many funny and wonderful memories working together in Sheffield. Sending love to all your family and friends at this difficult time.”

While another person said: “I am so sad to hear this. I had the honor of meeting Sam at the Fringe Festival, such a charismatic and kind person who would connect with everyone. My thoughts are with all of you.’

Homecoming: Sam's family aims to raise the £17,000 needed to bring Sam's body back from California to the UK.  Over £6,300 have been raised at the time of writing

Homecoming: Sam’s family aims to raise the £17,000 needed to bring Sam’s body back from California to the UK. Over £6,300 have been raised at the time of writing

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