Published Thursday, 12 September 2013
Richard Thorp played Alan Turner in the soap. (© ITV)
It is understood the former Woolpack landlord will peacefully pass away and his long time friend, Betty Eagleton, will be the first to learn of his death after calling up to his bedroom and realising he is not responding.
The character's funeral will be seen on screen at the end of October.
It will be organised by Victoria Sugden who does her best to pull out all the stops to give Alan the best farewell possible.
Former Emmerdale actress Lorraine Chase, who played Alan Turner's daughter Steph Stokes for four years, will return to reprise her role for the episode surrounding this storyline.
The character of Steph is currently serving a prison sentence for murdering her son Terence, of which she is innocent.
Viewers will see Steph being escorted back to the village by prison guards in a police car.
Commenting on her return, Chase said: "I was devastated when l heard the news that my dear friend, Richard Thorp had died.
"He was a wonderful, joyous man, a great actor, and l felt privileged to have worked with him so closely.
"When Emmerdale rang me to ask if l would consider coming back to guest at his character Alan, my on-screen dad's funeral, I was overjoyed, I just wish with all my heart that the circumstances were different."
Thorp was Emmerdale's longest serving actor having portrayed Alan Turner for over 30 years. He made his first appearance in the soap on 23 March 1982.
The star was also an accomplished actor of film and television, having starred as Squadron Leader Henry Maudslay in the iconic 1955 feature film "The Dam Busters".
Thorp passed away in May, at the age of 81.
"Alan Turner was so important to Emmerdale and we felt it was right to give his character a proper send off," said Emmerdale producer, Kate Oates.
"It will be emotional as both the character and Richard are sorely missed and will be for a long time to come."
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