'Corner Gas' Actress Janet Wright Dead at 71

'Corner Gas' Actress Janet Wright Dead at 71
Earlier this month, Corner Gas fans were saddened to learn that the set from the show was being dismantled. Unfortunately, we've got some even worse news. Actress Janet Wright, who played the show's Emma Leroy, has passed away.

Wright was born in England in 1945. She moved to Canada at a young age, and her family settled in Saskatchewan. Eventually Wright co-founded Saskatoon's Persephone Theatre.

In addition to her work on Corner Gas and onstage, Wright had plenty of other acting credits. In 1992, she won a Genie Award for her work on Bordertown Café.  

Corner Gas creator Brent Butt played Wright's son on the show. "Janet was like no other person I've ever met," he said in a statement. "She had a giant wit, a giant heart, and was one of the strongest human beings to ever stride around this planet."

Thanks to CTV for the tip.