Emmerdale's Richard Thorp dies

Emmerdale actor Richard Thorp, who played Alan Turner in the soap for over 30 years, has died aged 81.

Richard Thorp: 'Coolest guy with a Harley'

Emmerdale star Adele Silva has paid tribute to co-star Richard Thorp, who has died aged 81.

Adele, who plays Kelly Windsor in the soap, said on Twitter: "RIP - lovely man & coolest guy I've seen with a harley!"

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Ah sad news to hear about Richard Thorpe RIP - lovely man & coolest guy I've seen with a harley!

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Richard Thorp was 'a pillar' of Emmerdale

Richard Thorp, who has died aged 81, was "a pillar" of Emmerdale who "will be greatly missed", a statement from the soap said.

On behalf of the cast, crew and production team at Emmerdale, we are extremely sad to hear of Richard's death.

A pillar of the show, he will be greatly missed around the Emmerdale studios but will forever live on in all the wonderful memories we all have of him.

Richard was a true professional and a complete gentleman. His charm, wit and effortless grace will be sorely missed.

– Emmerdale statement

Emmerdale actors pay tribute to Richard Thorp

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Very sorry to hear the news that Richard Thorpe, Emmerdale's Alan Turner, has passed away He was always a gentleman and will be sadly missed

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Richard Thorp's death 'a sad loss to Emmerdale'

Emmerdale's series producer Kate Oates has paid tribute to the soap's longest-serving actor Richard Thorp, saying that his "death is a sad loss."

Richard's death is a sad loss to Emmerdale, of which he was at the heart for so many wonderful years.

Richard had a brilliant sense of humour and he will be missed by every single member of our production whose lives he touched.

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