Former Miss Wales and Coronation Street actress Melanie Hughes has died at the age of 39.

The devoted mum-of-one, who was crowed Miss Wales in 1997, passed away suddenly on Sunday.

Her heartbroken husband, Rick, said: "Mel was a lovely soul, she was kind and gentle."

"Mel was so kindhearted and had time for absolutely everyone."

"We are absolutely devastated at the loss of such a wonderful spirit and will never ever forget her."

Melanie starred in hit TV shows including Coronation Street and Cold Feet.

The couple had three-year-old boy Kaden and Melanie was also step-mum to Rick's 16-year-old daughter Taylor.

Rick, 49, also said: "Kaden doted on his mummy."

"He is asking where mummy is."

"We had a holiday of a lifetime two months ago in Disney World Florida with my family and I am so glad we did as that has so many pictures with so many memories."

"Mel was better looking than all the Disney Princesses and she will always be my Miss Wales."

The cause of Melanie's death is not yet known.

Source: The Sun
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