Karl Shiels who joined the soap in 2014 playing the formidable Robbie Quinn sadly passed away suddenly yesterday at the age of 47.

Executive Producer of Fair City, Brigie de Courcy has said:

We are absolutely devastated and he will be so greatly missed by the entire cast and crew. Our thoughts are with his family at this incredibly sad time.

Karl also had roles in top shows such as Peaky Blinders and more recently Into the Badlands.

Karl’s agent Lisa Richards released a statement saying

We are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our client and friend Karl Shiels, yesterday. Karl was a uniquely talented individual, simultaneously intense, light hearted, funny, sharp witted, outspoken and intensely powerful as an actor, director and artistic director of the Theatre Upstairs – where he was such a support and mentor for young writers, actors and directors – and of his own company Semper Fi before that. Karl was a remarkable force in Irish theatre and hugely loved and respected by all who worked with him.

Our hearts are broken but today our thoughts are with his partner Laura and his family, his children and their mother Dearbhla and his many close friends among whom we count ourselves lucky to have been for so many years. And for the rest of us, as Karl himself would so often say……”Onwards…”.

Fair City continues tomorrow on RTE One