Emmerdale news: Tributes pour in as actor Sam Gannon dies suddenly aged 31; plus EastEnders & Coronation Street spoilers

FORMER Emmerdale star Sam Gannon passed away unexpectedly over the weekend following a trip to the US to visit family.

Tributes have been paid to the former Emmerdale star, 31, who was travelling in California when he tragically passed away on Tuesday.

The actor’s death is being investigated by 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 life Duracell bunny’ with a seemingly endless supply of energy and love. He delighted audiences with his charm, wit and his wonderful musical abilities.”

Sam played coachman Kev in Emmerdale in 2019.

The actor is survived by mum Angie, brothers Jason and Jordan, his partner and “love of his life'” Zoe.

Read our soap spoilers blog below for the latest updates and gossip…

  • Corrie tackle loneliness in older people

    Loneliness amongst older people is an issue that we rarely see dealt with on TV.

    Coronation Street is changing this with the a storyline centred around Audrey.

    Last month, Audrey took too many sleeping pills, but it’s not clear if she’ll tell her friends and family, Roy, Rita, Claudia and Ken, that she intended on ending her life.

    Sue Nicholls, the actress playing Audrey said: “She enjoys and is grateful for being independent and living happily in her own home although the one big regret that has contributed to this latest situation is a wish that dear Alfie was still alive and there with her so that they could have grown old and equally doddery together.

    “Her family, busy with their own lives, see her down and upset moments as her not being able to cope with the real world and she feels they have started treating her a bit like a child and she started to feel depressed.

    “She is mostly very healthy and together but her depression seemed to take over totally.”

  • Ste and Romeo are shocked this week on Hollyoaks

    A returning resident lets Ste and Romeo in on their past.

    The Undertaker played a key part in a recent traumatic experience, but what will Ste and Romeo do once they find out this news.

    Elsewhere, Nancy heads back to work after telling Darren she misses it. So he offers to look after the baby, but it’s not clear if he’ll manage it.

  • TEASER: Emmerdale’s Rhona continues to worry

    Rhona and Marlon’s wedding day is almost upon them.

    But will they make it? Rhona’s starting to worry that they won’t.

    Meanwhile Gabby’s ready to give up on online dating, but she may be tempted to keep going.

    Elsewhere, Liam questions everything.

  • Good morning! I’m Ije Teunissen-Oligboh and I’ll be bringing you the latest news, gossip and spoilers on the nation’s favourite soaps.

  • Corrie spoilers: Jenny set for new life in Canada after Leo drops a bombshell

    Jenny’s planned exit from is causing tension in Coronation Street, especially with Daisy.

    In an upcoming episode of the soap, Jenny will be annoyed that Leo didn’t share his plans with her.

    As upset as she may be, Jenny is also confused and doesn’t know what to do but she finds support and an attentive presence in the form of Daisy.

    The barmaid urges Jenny to bite the bullet but it’s apparent she may not have the best intentions.

    Jenny instantly reacts, accusing Daisy of trying to get rid of her.

    Will her plan work?

  • Where to get your daily fix of soap spoilers

    Keep up to date with Britain’s favourite soap dramas right here on thesun.co.uk.

    • Emmerdale
    • EastEnders
    • Hollyoaks
    • Coronation Street
  • Everything you need to know about Coronation Street

  • Corrie star reveals his surprising new job

    Corrie’s Daniel Brocklebank has revealed his latest job.

    The actor is best know for playing  Billy Mayhew in the ITV soap.

    Last week he made his debut on the popular Channel 4 show Countdown.

    Ahead of his appearance, Daniel, 42, took to Instagram to share the exciting news.

    Daniel told his 141k followers: I’m hugely excited to say that today starts my guest appearances on #CountDown in dictionary corner with the rather fabulous Susie Dent & my pal Les Dennis hosting!!”

  • Corrie’s Ellie Leach talks the challenges of Fayes new storyline

    Speaking to Inside Soap, she said: “I think it’s just doing all the research and making sure that I’m getting it right. But scene-wise, it’s probably filming the mood swings.

    “It’s quite demanding, because one minute you’re saying something nice, and the next minute you’re being so horrible. Obviously it’s not real, but I don’t like saying horrible things to Colson [Smith, who plays Craig].”

    Speaking about Smith, she had nothing but praise for her on-screen boyfriend, stating: “We get along so well. We’ve been friends for 10 years, so we just understand each other — it’s like family. He’s like my best, best mate. And it’s so nice to work with your best friend all the time.”

  • Soap icon appears on Australia’s Masked Singer

    Judges and fans were left scratching their heads as a certain soap star performed on Masked Singer on Saturday night.

    As the show came to an end, it was revealed that the singer was the one and only Ryan Moloney, otherwise known as Toadfish on Neighbours.

    “Twenty eight years on Neighbours. I tell you, this is the shortest job I’ve ever had,” the soap icon said as he removed his mask.

    “We are honoured to have you. You are an absolute icon of this nation and the world,” a judge said.

    Unfortunately, Moloney finished last in the viewer vote, with his rendition of  Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits failing to impress.

  • Everything you need to know about Coronation Street

  • Sister pays tribute to soap star that passed away in California this week

    Sam Gannon, 31, who played Kev for a stint in 2019 has passed away suddenly while in California.

    The actor’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

    His sister, Amy Kelly, called him “a whirlwind, a unique character”.

    She said: “He genuinely cared for others and was a very sensitive soul.”

  • Corrie spoilers: Jenny set for new life in Canada after Leo drops a bombshell

    Jenny’s planned exit from is causing tension in Coronation Street, especially with Daisy.

    In an upcoming episode of the soap, Jenny will be annoyed that Leo didn’t share his plans with her.

    As upset as she may be, Jenny is also confused and doesn’t know what to do but she finds support and an attentive presence in the form of Daisy.

    The barmaid urges Jenny to bite the bullet but it’s apparent she may not have the best intentions.

    Jenny instantly reacts, accusing Daisy of trying to get rid of her.

    Will her plan work?EditDelete

  • Heartbreak as Stu is found lifeless after being made homeless

    Next week on the ITV soap, Kelly Neelan and Aadi Alahan find the former homeless man lying in the streets, drunk and barely conscious.

    Kelly’s appalled to read on social media about Stu.

    Zeedan returns from his holiday and Alya brings him up to speed on Stu and how worried she is about the effect the bombshell is having on Yasmeen.

    Kelly vows to get Stu’s side of the story.

    Click here to read more.

  • Corrie spoilers: Spider’s secret family revealed?

    Spider is back to his old self in an upcoming episode of the hit soap.

    After him and Toyah have sex, he begins to receive phone calls, texts and other secretive communications.

    He then announces out of the blue that he needs to leave.

    But who is contacting Spider? Could the returning character have something to hide?

  • Where to get your daily fix of soap spoilers

    Keep up to date with Britain’s favourite soap dramas right here on thesun.co.uk.

    • Emmerdale
    • EastEnders
    • Hollyoaks
    • Coronation Street
  • Everything you need to know about Coronation Street

  • Corrie star reveals his surprising new job

    Corrie’s Daniel Brocklebank has revealed his latest job.

    The actor is best know for playing  Billy Mayhew in the ITV soap.

    Yesterday afternoon he made his debut on the popular Channel 4 show Countdown.

    Ahead of his appearance, Daniel, 42, took to Instagram to share the exciting news.

    Daniel told his 141k followers: I’m hugely excited to say that today starts my guest appearances on #CountDown in dictionary corner with the rather fabulous Susie Dent & my pal Les Dennis hosting!!”

  •  Corrie’s Ellie Leach talks the challenges of Fayes new storyline

    Speaking to Inside Soap, she said: “I think it’s just doing all the research and making sure that I’m getting it right. But scene-wise, it’s probably filming the mood swings.

    “It’s quite demanding, because one minute you’re saying something nice, and the next minute you’re being so horrible. Obviously it’s not real, but I don’t like saying horrible things to Colson [Smith, who plays Craig].”

    Speaking about Smith, she had nothing but praise for her on-screen boyfriend, stating: “We get along so well. We’ve been friends for 10 years, so we just understand each other — it’s like family. He’s like my best, best mate. And it’s so nice to work with your best friend all the time.”

  • Soap icon appears on Australia’s Masked Singer

    Judges and fans were left scratching their heads as a certain soap star performed on Masked Singer last night.

    As the show came to an end, it was revealed that the singer was the one and only Ryan Moloney, otherwise known as Toadfish on Neighbours.

    “Twenty eight years on Neighbours. I tell you, this is the shortest job I’ve ever had,” the soap icon said as he removed his mask.

    “We are honoured to have you. You are an absolute icon of this nation and the world,” a judge said.

    Unfortunately, Moloney finished last in the viewer vote, with his rendition of  Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits failing to impress.

  • Where to get your daily fix of soap spoilers

    Keep up to date with Britain’s favourite soap dramas right here on thesun.co.uk.

    • Emmerdale
    • EastEnders
    • Hollyoaks
    • Coronation Street
  • Sister pays tribute to soap star that passed away in California this week

    Sam Gannon, 31, who played Kev for a stint in 2019 has passed away suddenly while in California.

    The actor’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

    His sister, Amy Kelly, called him “a whirlwind, a unique character”.

    She said: “He genuinely cared for others and was a very sensitive soul.”

  • Corrie spoilers: Jenny set for new life in Canada after Leo drops a bombshell

    Jenny’s planned exit from is causing tension in Coronation Street, especially with Daisy.

    In an upcoming episode of the soap, Jenny will be annoyed that Leo didn’t share his plans with her.

    As upset as she may be, Jenny is also confused and doesn’t know what to do but she finds support and an attentive presence in the form of Daisy.

    The barmaid urges Jenny to bite the bullet but it’s apparent she may not have the best intentions.

    Jenny instantly reacts, accusing Daisy of trying to get rid of her.

    Will her plan work?EditDelete

  • Heartbreak as Stu is found lifeless after being made homeless

    Next week on the ITV soap, Kelly Neelan and Aadi Alahan find the former homeless man lying in the streets, drunk and barely conscious.

    Kelly’s appalled to read on social media about Stu.

    Zeedan returns from his holiday and Alya brings him up to speed on Stu and how worried she is about the effect the bombshell is having on Yasmeen.

    Kelly vows to get Stu’s side of the story.

    Click here to read more.

  • Corrie spoilers: Spider’s secret family revealed?

    Spider is back to his old self in an upcoming episode of the hit soap.

    After him and Toyah have sex, he begins to receive phone calls, texts and other secretive communications.

    He then announces out of the blue that he needs to leave.

    But who is contacting Spider? Could the returning character have something to hide?

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