Andy was best known for playing Emmerdale’s Shadrach for a decade (Picture: ITV / Shutterstock)

Emmerdale star Andy Devine died after an accidental fall, the coroner has said.

Public records show that the actor, who played Shadrach Dingle on the ITV soap, died on January 27 of this year.

The 79-year-old, whose real name was Peter Devine, is thought to have ‘lost his balance resulting in a fall’. He died in Southport Hospital in Merseyside.

‘He was unable to get up until his carers arrived to assist him which was about an hour later,’ Sefton Senior Coroner Julie Goulding said in a statement.

‘Peter had a significant number of serious underlying clinical co-morbidities and not withstanding all appropriate care and treatment, Peter’s condition deteriorated culminating in his death.’

The medical cause of his death was determined as ‘hospital acquired pneumonia’ and the cause of his death was concluded as ‘accident’.

Andy was best known to audiences for playing Shadrach in Emmerdale between 2000 and 2010.

Shadrach made his final appearance in 2010 (Picture: ITV)

He left the ITV soap in the latter year, with his character being killed off in emotional scenes.

Shadrach, who at this stage had been diagnosed with liver disease, moved in with Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock), who assisted him in seeing that he had good things in life. 

On his birthday, Shadrach started to drink again. Marlon, devastated, subsequently kicked him out. 

Shadrach left the premises with a number of beer cans in his hand, and he headed towards the village’s bridge, where he seemingly intended to drink them.

The stalwart, however, suffered a sharp pain, which led to him dropping the cans in the river. He headed towards the river to retrieve the cans, but he ultimately suffered another sharp pain, and collapsed and died.

In the wake of Andy’s death, Liam O’Brien – who played Ethan Blake in Emmerdale for three years – said: ‘Heartbroken to hear of the passing of an old friend.

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‘Even sadder that he passed in January and never knew. I was by the sea now when heard the news and Andy Devine was a sailor through and through.

‘Gods rest ye pal. Second star to the right. Straight on ‘til morning.’

Emmerdale airs Mondays to Fridays at 7:30pm on ITV.

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