Former Neighbours actress Miranda Fryer dies in her sleep aged 34

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Former Neighbours actress Miranda Fryer has died in her sleep aged 34, says her devastated family.

Tributes have poured in from her devastated family who described her as "beautiful inside and out".

An online statement from her loved ones read: “True soulmates, Miranda and Arthur (Pothitis) were making plans to start their family, when one day last week she went to sleep and never woke up. We do not know why.

“She had had some health issues with her heart, maybe her beautiful persona was just too good for this world of ours.

"We, who all loved her so much, shall treasure the memories she has left us with and mourn our loss forever.

"A beautiful child, stunning teenager, beautiful inside, and out… a woman, with so much love and happiness given and received. So many friends, so much still to offer this world, gone."

Her family confirmed that she passed away last week on January 6th.

Miranda played Sky Mangel in the show when she was a child and started the role at just 18 months old in 1989.

She remained as Sky for three years and the character was later reintroduced as a teen in 2003 but played by Stephanie McIntosh.

Sky was the on-screen daughter of Joe Mangel, played by Mark Little, and Kerry Bishop, who was portrayed by Linda Hartley-Clark.

The child star reportedly never pursued a career in acting after her TV soap stint.

Instead, she achieved a certificate in hospitality and an art diploma after she finished high school.

Miranda was planning to have a career in nursing and was due to start a postgraduate position at Monash Hospital in February.

She was planning on working in the neuroscience department after she recently finished her nursing degree.

Her mum Traci Hunter described her as "the most wonderful daughter" in a heartbreaking tribute to her.

She explained to the Herald Sun: "She had so much love and passion for life.

"She was a truly kind loving person, almost too good to be true… Miranda was adored by everyone.

"She just went to sleep and did not wake up. It is a terrible shock to us all."

She married her husband Arthur Pothitis in November 2020 and the couple were planning on having a family together.

However, this all changed when she fell asleep and "never woke up".

TV casting director Jan Russ also said: "I feel so very sad to lose one of my cast and especially one so young as Miranda who spent her very young years on the show.

"I love them like my own and feel the loss when they pass."

Another fan added: "This is such a tragedy. Gone way too soon."

While a third wrote: "RIP Miranda, what a sad thing to happen."

Miranda was at her home in Glen Iris, Melbourne, Australia, when she was found dead.

The cause of death has not been provided yet but she is believed to have had issues with her heart.

Her family are still waiting for a coroner's report.

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