Neighbours star Miranda Fryer dies aged 34: Former actress who played Sky Mangel ‘went to sleep and never woke up’, say devastated family
Australian former actress Miranda Fryer has tragically died at just 34 years old.
She died in her sleep on Thursday at her home in Glen Iris, Melbourne, her family confirmed to TV Tonight.
No cause of death has been revealed but she is believed to have had ‘issues with her heart’.
Miranda, who trained as a nurse after retiring from showbusiness, famously appeared on the long-running soap Neighbours as Sky Mangel when she was a child.
Tragic: Former actor Miranda Fryer, who played Sky Mangel on Neighbours as a child, has died at the age of 34. She is pictured here with her on-screen parents Joe Mangel (Mark Little) and Kerry Bishop (Linda Hartley-Clark) on Neighbours
Sky was the on-screen daughter of couple Joe Mangel and Kerry Bishop, who were played by actors Mark Little and Linda Hartley-Clark respectively.
Miranda was on the popular Aussie show for three years from 1989 to 1991.
She got her start on Neighbours when she was only 18 months old and was the first child actor contracted to the series.
Career: Miranda was on the Aussie show for three years from 1989 to 1991. She got her start on Neighbours when she was 18 months old and was the first child actor contracted to the series
Miranda never pursued an acting career after her stint on Neighbours.
She recently completed a nursing degree at Monash University in Melbourne during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Miranda was later offered a post-graduate position at Monash Hospital in the neuroscience department and was also considering a master’s degree in that field.
She married her fiancé Arthur Pothitis in November 2020 in a beachside ceremony in Aspendale, Melbourne.
After Neighbours: Miranda never pursued an acting career after her stint on Neighbours. She recently completed a nursing degree at Monash University in Melbourne during the pandemic
Her family said 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.
‘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 family is awaiting a coroner’s report.
Sudden: No cause of death has been revealed but she ‘had some health issues with her heart’