Emmerdale and Coronation Street star Johnny Leeze has died aged 78 following a positive coronavirus test.
His daughter Holly shared the tragic news on Facebook where she confirmed he died after suffering from a short illness.
She told the Daily Star: ‘He was my friend, he was such a strong, strong man.
‘He was such a great guy, a really funny guy. He was loved by everybody really. Even by his ex-wife, who is with me today, my mum.’
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The mourning daughter added: ‘I don’t know what else to say. I’m numb, I just can’t get my head round it at the minute.
‘I want to say so much more about him but I just don’t know what to say.’
Johnny was best known for being a stand up comedian as well as playing Ned Glover in Emmerdale from 1994 to 1999.
He reprised the role in 2000, but left shortly after. Prior to Emmerdale, the actor had also appeared in Coronation Street as Harry Clayton in 1985.
His last on-screen appearance was a role in Life On Mars in 2007.
The late actor’s brother Phillip has also paid tribute.
Taking to social media, he wrote: ‘It is with deep regret to inform you all my brother John passed away this morning. A lot of you will remember him as Ned Glover in Emmerdale, or comedian Johnny Leeze, on the club scene.
‘He had Covid, and underlying health issues. He made thousands laugh. He will be missed greatly by us all.’
He added: ‘Rest in Peace John. Your loving brother Phil, and sisters, Pam & Sheila. I know you will have them all in stitches up there.
‘Fly high on angels wings.’
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