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Emmerdale legend Johnny Leeze has died after positive Covid test, says daughter

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staronline@reachplc.com (Sasha Morris)

Emmerdale and Coronation Street legend Johnny Leeze has passed away at the age of 78.

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The soap legend, who was best known for playing Ned Glover from 1994 to 1999 has died after testing positive for coronavirus, as well as suffering from underlying health conditions.

His devastated daughter Holly confirmed the news, telling Daily Star Online that he had been ill for two weeks and had tested positive for Covid the day before he died.

She also bravely revealed that he suffered a heart attack on the morning of his death and had been taken into hospital.

Paying tribute to her father, Holly said: “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.

Emmerdale legend Johnny Leeze has died at the age of 78

“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.”

His brother Phillip also confirmed the news on social media, writing: “It is with deep regret to inform you all my brother John passed away this morning.

The soap legend played Ned Glover for six years from 1994 to 2000

“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.”

“Rest in Peace John.

“Your loving brother Phil, and sisters ,Pam & Sheila.

His devastated family have confirmed the news

“I know you will have them all in stitches up there. Fly high on angels wings.”

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Johnny was best known for the role of Ned Glover on the Dales, arriving in 1994 and later permanently leaving in 2000, after the death of two of his children and splitting from his wife Jan.

He also made three appearances in Coronation Street, playing Mr Slater in 1982, Harry Clayton for 35 episodes in 1985; and as Laurie Johnstone in one episode in 2005.

During his career, Johnny also had regular parts in Last of the Summer Wine, as well as Phoenix Nights, All Creatures Great and Small and Heartbeat.

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