Neighbours star Miranda Fryer has died in her sleep with family and fans devastated

Neighbours star Miranda Fryer who played Sky Mangel in the Aussie soap has died in her sleep aged 34 – and fans are in shock.

Miranda who was just 18 months old in 1989, when she appeared in the soap alongside ‘parents’ Joe Mangel and Kerry Bishop passed away last Thursday in Glen Iris, Melbourne.

Her caused of death has not yet been confirmed but her devastated family say she “had some issues with her heart”.

In an online statement her family wrote: “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.”

Miranda Fryer played Sky Mangel on the programme between 1989 to 1991 and passed away at the age of 34

Miranda was in Neighbours for three years as the first ever child actor to be contracted to the show.

Her character Sky was later played by Stephanie McIntosh in 2003, when she was a teenager.

Miranda was about to start a postgraduate position as a nurse at Monash Hospital’s neuroscience department in February.

She had finished her degree during the Coronavirus pandemic and also got married to her husband Arthur Pothitis in November 2020.

Her mum Traci Hunter told the Herald Sun : “She was the most wonderful daughter. 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.”

TV casting director Jan Russ added: “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.”

Fans said of her death: “So young.”

Another added: “I cant believe i used to watch neighbours as a kid lol….sorry to hear of her death. Health issues with her heart hmmm not good.”

And a third recalled: “For someone with practically no lines I remember her really well. Very enigmatic little child. What a real shame. Hope she enjoyed her life.”


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