by richard rosales

"emmerdale"sam gannon dies at the age of 31

Sam Gannon was recently reported to have passed away at the age of 31.

Amy Kelly, his sister, confirmed the sad news that Sam died while he was in California…

visiting family

Sam died on Tuesday, and his family has set up a JustGiving website to fund the £17,000 required to transport his remains home.

Amy described her brother as a "whirlwind" and a "unique character, to say the   least," according to a report.

here's what she said to her brother

"He genuinely cared for others and was a very sensitive soul.

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- Amy Kelly

It is clear from the tributes we have received that he touched the hearts of so many." She added

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- Amy Kelly

Police are currently investigating Sam's death, which is not suspicious.