Emmerdale pay tribute to 'generous and caring' Leah Bracknell after her death
Emmedale have paid tribute to the "very generous and caring" Leah Bracknell after her death at the age of 55.
Following the news of her passing, the soap took to social media to pay tribute to their late co-star..
"Everyone on Emmerdale is very sad to hear of the death of Leah Bracknell. She was a hugely popular member of the Emmerdale cast for over 16 years," the statement said. "Leah was a very generous and caring colleague, much loved by cast and crew alike. #Emmerdale ."
The actress, who played Zoe Tate, passed away in September, three years after her diagnosis with stage four lung cancer. Her manager confirmed the news in a statement on behalf of the family.
The statement read [via The Mirror]:
"It is with the deepest sadness that Leah Bracknell's family confirm that Leah passed away in September, three years after her diagnosis with stage 4 lung cancer.
"They would like to thank all the public for their support and generosity which contributed to the extension and quality of her life over the past three years. Leah continued to embrace life and faced her illness with positivity. Many aspects of her journey can be found on her blog.
"Leah was best known and much loved as Zoe Tate in Emmerdale. She also had roles in Judge John Deed, A Touch of Frost, The Royal Today and DCI Banks to name just a few, as well as numerous appearances on stage and in pantomime. As well as acting, Leah was also an accomplished yoga teacher and shamanic healer.
"Leah had an energy and enthusiasm for life, a kind heart and much love to give to those around her.
"Her family have asked for privacy at this very sad time."