There’s very sad news this morning in that little Sophie Firth, who played the role of Nicola and Jimmy King’s baby Angelica on Emmerdale, has died after succumbing to injuries sustained after she suffered horrendous burns.
Sophie, who was just three years old, died after receiving 70% burns when a dress she was wearing set alight. She was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital and transferred to the burns unit, but lost her fight for life on Tuesday, nine days after the terrible accident. Her mum and dad Amy and Neil were with the little girl when she passed away.
The accident apparently happened at the family’s home in Skellow, South Yorkshire on December 2. Sophie underwent a skin graft last Friday, but she went into multiple organ failure after contracting an infection.
A spokesman for Emmerdale told the Daily Mail, “We are devastated to hear of Sophie’s tragic death…
“Our sincere condolences go out to her family. Everyone at Emmerdale is thinking of them at this sad time.”
Sophie’s uncle Mick Harhoff told the paper that the family are devastated.
He said, “Sophie was such a lovely little girl and she was exceptionally bright.
“She always used to say that she wanted to be a princess.
“You do expect that one day you may bury your parents but you never expect to bury a child.”
And a spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue added, “This was a tragic accident and our thoughts are with the girl’s family and friends at this extremely distressing time.
“Any fire can be dangerous. We would urge people to pay particular attention to the risk of fires in their home during the cold weather and as we approach the holiday season.”
How desperately sad. Our thoughts are of course with Sophie’s family.
Here’s little Sophie in her first scenes…