Series producer Kate Oates said of the star’s death, ‘Richard’s death is a sad loss to Emmerdale, of which he was at the heart for so many wonderful years. Richard had a brilliant sense of humor and he will be missed by every single member of our production whose lives he touched.’
ITV also issued a statement on their website saying, ‘On behalf of the cast, crew and production team at Emmerdale, we are extremely sad to hear of Richard’s death. A pillar of the show, he will be greatly missed around the Emmerdale studios but will forever live on in all the wonderful memories we all have of him.
‘Richard was a true professional and a complete gentleman. His charm, wit and effortless grace will be sorely missed.’