EMMERDALE has shut down filming as a mark of respect after a member of its tight-knit crew sadly died.
The popular ITV soap revealed in a statement that production had been “stood down” after the passing of the colleague, who was not named.
In a statement to Digital Spy yesterday, the soap said: “We can confirm an Emmerdale crew member has very sadly passed away.
“Our sincerest and heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends and loved ones of our colleague.
“As a mark of respect, we have stood filming down for today. We’d like to abide by the family’s wishes for privacy at this very sad time and we’d ask the media to be respectful of this.”
Shooting on scenes is expected to be back up and running today (Friday 26 March).
Emmerdale is currently in full production flow, pumping out six episodes a week, after shutting down entirely at the peak of coronavirus crisis last year.
It airs on weeknights at 7pm on ITV with a second episode on Thursdays.
The cast returned to the set, near Leeds in Yorkshire, in May last year after strict coronavirus protection measures and protocols were enforced.
In January this year it was revealed the set was briefly shut down after a member of staff tested positive for Covid.
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It swiftly reopened after a deep clean, with the people infected sent home to self-isolate away from the rest of the team.
The team working on the show are regarded as some of the closest in soapland, with onscreen tributes to crew members who have died a not unfamiliar sight.
Last year Emmerdale honoured Cliff Perry, a props manager who passed away after working for the soap for 25 years.