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Tommy Cannons time on Emmerdale will be short-lived (Photo: ITV)

Emmerdales Derek may have only just stepped into the village but his soap opera stint will be quick as ever.

The character was welcomed as a patient of Dr Manpreet this week, however his time in the village will prove short-lived following a culinary disaster.

Derek suffers suspected salmonella poisoning after eating Rishis chocolate samples and later dies.

Who plays Derek in Emmerdale?

Derek is played by comedy legend Tommy Cannon, whos no stranger to the limelight.

The 81-year-old announced he was joining the cast in August when he tweeted: Excited to be able to announce that Im doing a brief stint as Derek in Emmerdale!! Spending some time in the Dales.

Tommy Cannon and comedy partner Bobby Ball in the 1980s
Cannon and Ball during their 1987 Christmas show (Photo: BPM Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty)

What is Tommy Cannon best known for?

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Tommy is best known for being one half of the 1980s comedy duo Cannon and Ball.

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Along with Bobby Ball, he hosted comedy variety programme The Cannon and Ball Show on ITV for nine years until 1988.

Despite the show ending the pairs friendship stayed strong, with Tommy and Bobby both appearing on Im a Celebrity in 2005 and Channel 4s Celebrity Coach Trip in 2012.

The duo also served as panellists on BBC Radio 4s comedy series Act Your Age and last year starred on ITVRead More – Source