Miranda Fryer dead: 34-year-old Neighbours actress ‘went to sleep and never woke up’

Miranda Fryer plays Sky Mangel in Neighbours in 1989

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Miranda Fryer, who starred in hit TV show Neighbours when she was younger, has tragically died. She was only 34 years old.

It is a terrible shock to us all

Traci Hunter

Her devastated family confirmed to TV Tonight that she died in her sleep on Thursday at her home in Glen Iris, Melbourne.

There was no cause of death provided as of yet, but she is believed to have had issues with her heart.

Her family are awaiting a coroner’s report.

They revealed she and her husband Arthur Pothitis, were planning starting a family, saying in a statement: “True soulmates, Miranda and Arthur 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.”

The statement continued: “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’s mother Traci Hunter, also 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.”

The actress played Sky Mangel on the programme – the on-screen daughter of couple Joe Mangel (played by Mark Little) and Kerry Bishop (Linda Hartley-Clark), before retiring from acting and becoming a nurse.

She was only 18 months old when she became the first child actor contracted to the series, which she featured on for three years, from 1989 to 1991.

But Miranda never pursued an acting career after her stint on the programme, and instead she obtained a certificate in hospitality and an art diploma after finishing high school.

Fryer then went on to complete a nursing degree at Monash University last year, and was offered a post-graduate position at Monash Hospital, in the neuroscience department.

She was due to start work on 7 February and was also considering a master’s degree in that field.

Following news of her untimely death, fans rushed to social media to share their condolences with her family and loved ones.

TV casting director Jan Russ penned: “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 added: “This is such a tragedy. Gone way too soon.

“RIP Miranda, what a sad thing to happen,” said a third.


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