Johnny Leeze dead: Emmerdale and Coronation Street star dies aged 78 after testing positive for coronavirus

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Emmerdale and Coronation Street star Johnny Leeze has died at the age of 78.

The soap actor died after testing positive for coronavirus, his daughter has confirmed.

Johnny's daughter Holly revealed her famous father passed away following a short illness for two weeks.

He had tested positive for coronavirus the day before he died.

In a loving tribute to her father, Holly told The Daily Star: "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.

"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."

Johnny’s brother Phillip also shared a loving tribute to him following his sad passing and revealed that the actor had underlying health conditions.

He wrote: "It is with deep regret to inform you all my brother John passed away this morning. 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."

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"Rest in Peace John. Your loving brother Phil, and sisters, Pam & Sheila. I know you will have them all in stitches up there. Fly high on angels wings."

Johnny starred as Harry Clayton in Coronation Street for a few months in 1985.

He later became a soap favourite for his role as Ned Glover in Emmerdale from 1994 to 1999.

He reprised the role of Ned in 2000, before leaving again.

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