The former Emmerdale star passed away on Sunday (16Aug15) after a period of ill health.

A spokesman for the British soap opera says, "Kitty was a great talent and a true inspiration to all who worked with her. The cast and crew are devastated at her passing and she will be missed tremendously and remembered fondly by all of us."

MCGeever become the first blind person to be cast in a British soap when she joined in 2009. A diabetic from the age of 19, she lost her sight at the age of 32.

She quit the show in 2013 due to health reasons. Her last role in horror movie The Unfolding is set to premiere at a film festival this month (Aug15).