17:28 18 August 2015
Kitty McGeever, who played Lizzie Lakely in Emmerdale, has passed away last night while surrounded by close friends and family.
A spokesperson for the show has confirmed the news.
"It is with much sadness that Emmerdale confirms actress Kitty McGeever, who played the character of Lizzie Lakely, passed away last night, surrounded by her loving family.”
"Kitty was a great talent and a true inspiration to all who worked with her. The cast and crew are devastated at her passing and she will be missed tremendously and remembered fondly by all of us."
Kitty made TV history when she became the first ever blind person to be cast in a British soap.
Shortly after the news was announced, other Emmerdale stars quickly took to Twitter to pay tribute.
Gemma Oaten, who plays Rachel Breckle, tweeted: "So sad to hear the news our dear Kitty Mcgeever has died. Never forget the scenes we used to have with her infectious laugh miss you xxx."
Chelsea Halfpenny, who portrays Amy Wyatt in the soap, then commented: "So sad to hear the news our dear Kitty Mcgeever has died. Never forget the scene's we used to have with her infectious laugh miss you xxx."
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