Emmerdale actor Dale Meeks has died aged 48, his household has confirmed.
The Geordie actor, who performed Simon Meredith on ITV cleaning soap Emmerdale between 2003 and 2006, died from “coronary heart failure” on Saturday night, his brother Philip Meeks stated.
Meeks was because of flip 49 on the day of the King’s coronation and died at South Tyneside Hospital in South Shields, his brother added.
Philip stated “my coronary heart is damaged” as tributes poured in on social media for the actor who has been described as “the loveliest of men”.
Meeks established his profession within the teenage BBC drama Byker Grove, alongside Declan Donnelly and Ant McPartlin within the ’90s.
He was a frontrunner of Denton Burn, the rival youth group to the Byker Grove youth membership.
The presenting duo, who performed PJ and Duncan in Byker Grove, tweeted: “We’re so extremely sorry to listen to the very unhappy information of Dale’s passing.
“He was the loveliest of men, though he was a Denton ‘Burner’, the arch nemesis of the Byker ‘Grovers’!
“A tragic loss at such a younger age. RIP Dale. Sleep nicely bonny lad.”
Responding to the tweet, Philip instructed PA: “That is completely beautiful.
“I form of bear in mind assembly them as youngsters myself. He (Dale) was in Byker Grove, he made one in all them blind, not in actual life.”
Extra just lately, Meeks starred in ITV true crime drama The Hunt For Raoul Moat, as Moat’s buddy Rory Sutcliffe.
He tweeted about his position within the collection and stated final Monday: “Sadly watching tonight’s episode from this equally mysterious and sinister location. It is unbelievable to really feel the love. Thanks gang. Maintain it coming xxx.”