soap stars in real life too. READ MORE: Matalan shoppers 'need' its 'pretty' £27 dress that's 'perfect for a wedding'From an accidental fall to cancer battles and sudden death, Leeds Live has delved into the Emmerdale stars we have loved and lost in recent years.
Former Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell died in September 2019 at the age of 55, three years after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
The actress played Zoe Tate on the ITV soap for 16 years until 2005. Leah's cancer diagnosis came to light in October 2016 when her husband Jez Hughes launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for her to undergo treatment overseas, due to a lack of options available on the NHS.
The former soap star had been diagnosed in September after rapid weight gain around her abdomen and breathlessness prompted her to seek medical help.Read more on msn.com