FORMER Coronation Street star Melanie Hughes has passed away suddenly aged 39.
The actress died on Sunday leaving her husband Rick, 49, and two children “absolutely devastated”.
As well as making appearances in the ITV soap, Melanie starred in Cold Feet and she also won the Miss Wales crown in 1997.
Paying tribute to his wife, Rick described her as a “lovely soul” who was very “kindhearted”.
Rick told the Daily Post: “Mel was a lovely soul, she was kind and gentle. Mel was so kindhearted and had time for absolutely everyone.