Neighbours’ Sky Mangel actress Miranda Fryer dies aged 34 ‘in her sleep’

Miranda Fryer has died at the age of 34, her family has announced in a heartbreaking statement.

The actress, who played Sky Mangel in the show Neighbours as a child, "passed away in her sleep" at her home of Glen Iris, Melbourne, last Thursday 6 January.

Her family explained to TV Tonight: “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," they added.

Miranda joined the cast of Neighbours at just 18 months in 1989, she stayed on for three years before calling it quits.

During her time on the Australian soap, she played the role of Sky, who was the on-screen daughter of couple Joe Mangel and Kerry Bishop – played by actors Mark Little and Linda Hartley-Clark.

Her role was later recast as Stephanie McIntosh took on Sky from 2003 to 2007 and again from 2015 to 2020.

Following her time on the show, Miranda completed her high school education and went on to get a certificate in hospitality and an art diploma.

Putting acting firmly behind her, Miranda got her nursing degree last year Monash University and was due to start her postgraduate at Monash Hospital in the neuroscience department in February 2022.

Miranda married Arthur Pothitis in November 2020.

Her mum Traci Hunter told The Sun of her loss: "She had so much love and passion for life.

"She was a truly kind loving person, almost too good to be true – obviously she was too good to be true as she has been taken from us so early.”

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