Coroner issues Emmerdale’s Shadrach Dingle actor Andy Devine’s cause of death

Emmerdalestar Andy Devine died after an accidental fall, a coroner has issued.

The actor, who was best known for his iconic role in the ITV soap, passed away on January 27 at the age of 79, according to public records.

Andy “is thought to have lost his balance resulting in a fall” and died in Southport Hospital in Merseyside.

Sefton Senior Coroner Julie Goulding said in a statement: “He was unable to get up until his carers arrived to assist him, which was about an hour later.”

“Peter had a significant number of serious underlying clinical co-morbidities and notwithstanding all appropriate care and treatment, Peter’s condition deteriorated culminating in his death.”

The medical cause of his death was determined as “hospital acquired pneumonia” and the cause of his death was concluded as “accident”.

He exited Emmerdale officially in 2010, with his beloved character killed off in an emotional July episode which saw him tragically drown in a stream as part of a harrowing alcohol abuse storyline.

Away from the soap world, Andy made appearances in projects including Russell T Davies’s Queer As Folk.

He also appeared in several episodes of the Doctor Who special Frontier in Space in 1973 and made his final TV appearance in 2011 in an episode of Doctors.

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In the wake of Andy’s death, Liam O’Brien – who played Ethan Blake in Emmerdale for three years – said: "Heartbroken to hear of the passing of an old friend. Even sadder that he passed in January and never knew. I was by the sea now when heard the news and Andy Devine was a sailor through and through.

“Gods rest ye pal. Second star to the right. Straight on ’til morning.”

One fan wrote: “Saddened to learn that Andy Devine has died. What an actor (and character). ‘Oooh me cans’.”

Another wrote: "I'm very sorry to hear that the Dingle star – Andy Devine died aged 79 earlier in the year."

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