Emmerdale have paid tribute to actress Kay Purcell following news of her tragic death aged 57.
The actress, who played Cynthia Daggert between 2001 and 2002, appeared on 187 episodes of the long-running soap, becoming a fan favourite as they did so.
Kay’s agency announced her death today, stating she had succumbed to liver cancer.
Remembering the star, Emmerdale’s team wrote: ‘We’re so sad today to hear about the passing of actress Kay Purcell who played Cynthia Daggert. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.’
Kay’s character Cynthia arrived in the village alongside son Danny (Cleveland Campbell) and then later daughter Latisha (Danielle Henry), and immediately found herself in trouble.
Repeatedly clashing with Carol Wareing (Helen Pearson), the pair came to blows more than once in the middle of The Woolpack.
The actress would later move on to appear in Waterloo Road, and also had appearances in childrens’ classic, Tracey Beaker.
Kay had survived breast cancer in 2017, but her team announced she had succumbed to liver cancer on 23rd December 2020. We send sympathy and love to her family and friends.
She announced in December that she had the disease, and wrote on her Facebook page: ‘With treatment, I have up to two years left to enjoy my time with my family and friends.
‘So from now on I’m going to live my life to the fullest, spending every day living the best of my life I can.
‘I don’t have a bucket list but, I’M CERTAINLY NOT GIVING UP!!!’
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