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Emmerdale halts production after death of a crew member

Emmerdale has halted production after a crew member sadly passed away (Picture: ITV)

Emmerdale halted production today (March 25) as a mark of respect to a crew member who has sadly passed away.

The ITV soap confirmed that filming had ‘stood down for today’ following the sad news.

It was also made clear that the crew member’s family has asked for privacy, and therefore their name has not been released to the public.

‘We can confirm an Emmerdale crew member has very sadly passed away,’ a spokesperson for the ITV soap told Digital Spy.

‘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.’

The ITV soap is currently producing six episodes a week, as filming has continued throughout the Covid-19 pandemic following the first national lockdown.

Production was forced to shut down once again earlier this year, however, after members of the team tested positive for coronavirus.

‘We paused filming on Emmerdale last week due to some members of the team testing positive for Covid 19,’ a spokesperson said at the time.

‘We’ve carried out proper track and trace measures on those cases and undertook intensive cleaning of the production building, whilst reinforcing the health and safety protocols we have in place.

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