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The actress’s death came after a short period of illness and her manager confirmed that she passed away with daughter Helena by her side.
A number of soap stars, past and present, have now paid their respects, sharing tributes and pictures online:
A number of other famous faces have also posted messages:
ITV executive producer John Whiston has paid tribute to Shirley, stating: “The family here at ‘Emmerdale’ are deeply saddened by Shirley's passing, it is hard to imagine the show without her.
“We offer our condolences to Shirley's family and share our feeling of loss with the millions of viewers who will miss Edna enormously.”