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Death of Andy Devine: Emmerdale legend Shadrach Dingle dies aged 79 | Celebrity News | Showbiz and television

Andy Devine, who was best known for playing Shadrach Dingle on the ITV soap opera, died in January – although the tragic news is only just out, according to reports.

Public records confirm he died on January 27, with his cause of death yet to be publicly confirmed, according to The Sun.

Andy, born Peter Devine, played Shadrach on and off between 2000 and 2010, when he made his final Emmerdale appearance.

He left Emmerdale after more than ten years on July 23, 2010, killed in a storyline of emotional alcohol abuse.

Tributes have since poured in for the beloved actor on social media.

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@RileyCo10852974 typed: “Just saw the news – RIP Adam Devine.”

@mikepriestley13 said: “Just heard the news. He passed away at the end of January only now that his death was announced…loved Shadrach #Emmerdale #ClassicEmmerdale.

@Felstedboy commented: “#Emmerdale Just saw Shadrack is dead. What a character.

@TheCorriePoll wrote: “Sad to read the news, Andy Devine passed away. In January, it seems. Better known as Shadrach Dingle from #Emmerdale, he played Betty’s wedding photographer in one episode from 1995 from Coronation Street, returning in 2000 as a radio DJ.

Later, he confided in Laurel that he had another daughter, who was given up for adoption.

Shadrach was a heavy drinker most of his life and eventually his liver began to fail.

In 2010, Shadrach bought a pack of beers, but as he walked down a catwalk he half collapsed in pain, caused by his liver.

He ended up throwing his cans in the river and went to retrieve them.

But he lost his balance, both from the pain and his drinking, and collapsed in the river and drowned.

It was found by Marlon [Mark Charnock] and Rhona [Zoe Henry] who dragged Shadrach out of the water, but they couldn’t save him.

The Dingle family was devastated by Shadrach’s death, especially Zak and Marlon, with whom Shadrach was living.