Melanie Hughes dead: Former Miss Wales who acted in Coronation Street and Cold Feet dies suddenly aged 39

Jon Sharman
Melanie Hughes died suddenly on Sunday: Melanie Hughes/Facebook

The family of a former Coronation Street and Cold Feet actress has paid tribute to a "kind, gentle and lovely soul" after she died, aged 39.

Melanie Hughes, of Ewlow, Wales, died suddenly on Sunday, it was reported. Her husband Rick, 49, said her family was "devastated".

He told the Daily Post: "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."

The couple's three-year-old son "doted on his mummy"and kept asking "where mummy is", he added.

Ms Hughes, a former Miss Wales winner, had small parts in television programmes after her 1997 pageant victory, her husband told the site

The couple married in 2011, he added.