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Former Coronation Street actress and Miss Wales dies suddenly

Former Corrie actress and beauty queen Melanie Hughes (pictured) died suddenly at the age of 39. Her devastated husband has paid her an emotional tribute, calling her a 'wonderful spirit'.

The heartbroken husband of a Coronation Street actress who died suddenly at the age of 39 says their three-year-old son keeps asking 'where's my mummy?'

Melanie Hughes, a beauty queen who won the Miss Wales title in 1997, died without warning on Sunday leaving her husband Rick, 49, and two children 'devastated'.

Tributes poured in for the former actress, who made appearances on television programmes such as Coronation Street and Cold Feet.

Mel leaves behind a three-year-old child named Kaden and a 16-year-old stepdaughter, Taylor. 

Rick, pictured left with Melanie Hughes has said the sudden death of his wife on Sunday has left their family 'devastated' and has released an emotional tribute

Melanie Hughes, pictured left, with her husband Rick won the Miss Wales title in 1997 and went on to compete at the Miss International competition in Tokyo

Her husband Rick told the Daily Post: 'Kaden doted on his mummy. He is asking where mummy is. 

'Mel was a lovely soul, she was kind and gentle,' he added. '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 had both grown up in Holywell but only got together 10 years ago, marrying in June 2011 at Greenfield Church.

The couple, pictured, were married in June 2011 at Greenfield Church after having gotten together 10 years ago

Rick said: 'We had a holiday of a lifetime two months ago in Disney World Florida with my family and I am so glad we did as that has so many pictures with so many memories.'

He added: 'Mel was better looking than all the Disney Princesses and she will always be my Miss Wales.'

She had been working at the energy conservation firm Kingspan in Greenfield for the last 15 years. 

A coroner has been informed.

Rick, pictured centre, said Melanie, pictured right, and the family had gone on vacation to Disney World Florida two months ago and is glad for all the pictures that they took