Sophiya Haquehas tragically passed away at the age of forty one. The Coronation Street star who had portrayed barmaid Poppy Morales had unfortunately fell sick just before Christmas and had been told that she had cancer.
According to the Evening Standard, she was receiving tests in a London hospital when a clot had developed in her lung, she lost her life in the early hours of January 17.
Her agent Olivier Thomson was among the very first to pay tribute, the shaken friend saying,
“Sophiya was a wonderful actress, a wonderful client but so much more than that a wonderful friend. She was adored by everyone she worked with and will be deeply missed.”
Haque and musical director David White had been in a relationship when she fell ill, they were in the middle of building a houseboat together.
“She first started her career when she was a pop star when her band Akasa were signed by Warner Bros. in 1988. She then moved on to host at MTV Asia for seven years, before going to Mumbai and becoming a dancer in several Bollywood films from 1997. Returning to the UK in 2002, she had a successful career in stage before finding her way onto Corrie“.