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During the life of EastEnders, there have been a total of 123 deaths, ranging from natural causes to murder, disasters, accidents, and suicide. Some deaths are minor characters or characters that haven't been seen but mentioned by regular characters in the program that may be linked, for example, Charlie Slater's wife Viv Slater was mentioned but not seen, and died off-screen in 1999.

Many regular characters are killed off-screen if the actor or actress portraying them have passed away in real life. For example, John Bardon, who played the role of Jim Branning passed away in 2014, and the character was killed off-screen a few months later. Some characters aren't killed off even when the actor dies in real life (it could be some years after they departed). However, some characters are still worded as dead even after the actor who played them has died. For example, Tommy Eytle who played the flirtatious old gentlemen Tommy Eytle passed away in 2007, over ten years after he left. The character hasn't been given any reference to being dead on-screen, although Jules' date of birth states the character would now be in his 100s, so he has presumably passed away.

Historical deaths (e.g. deaths of characters' parents which occurred years before the character appeared) are not included, except in cases where the deceased character had appeared in the programme and their cause of death and a rough timeframe are known, such as Angie Watts and Felix Kawalski.


No Name Date/Episode Details
1Hassan Osman20th June 1985Sudden infant death syndrome
2Andy O'Brien14th August 1986Struck by a lorry
3Tom Clements21st April 1988Heart attack
4Donna Ludlow13th April 1989Choked on her own vomit following a suicidal heroin overdose
5Harry Osborne20th February 1990Natural causes
6Gill Fowler25th June 1992Complications from AIDS
7Alan Hall8th March 1994Blast injuries from a fire started by Phil Mitchell
8Arthur Fowler20th May 1996Intracerebral hemorrhage after being bludgeoned with a lead pipe
9Tiffany Mitchell31st December 1998Skull fracture after being struck by a car driven by Frank Butcher
10Saskia Duncan14th February 1999Bludgeoned with an ashtray by Steve Owen
11Ethel Skinner7th September 2000Suicide by drug overdose assisted by Dot Cotton
12Ashley Cotton14th June 2001Crashed on a motorbike sabotaged by Nick Cotton
13Audrey Trueman7th September 2001Intracerebral hemorrhage from being struck by falling debris
14Jane Williams11th January 2002Ovarian cancer
15Steve Owen1st March 2002Blast injury from a car explosion, caused by himself
16Tom Banks1st November 2002Blast injury from an explosion during a house fire, started by Trevor Morgan
17Trevor Morgan1st November 2002Blast injury from an explosion during a house fire, started by himself
18Jamie Mitchell25th December 2002Ruptured spleen after being struck by a car driven by Martin Fowler
19Roy Evans17th March 2003Heart attack
20Jack Dalton18th July 2003Shot by Dennis Rickman
21Barry Evans1st January 2004Head injuries after being pushed down a cliff by Janine Butcher
22Laura Beale30th April 2004Cervical fracture after falling down a flight of stairs
23David Collins31st December 2004Huntington's disease
24Andy Hunter18th February 2005Pushed off a flyover by Johnny Allen
25Den Watts18th February 2005Bludgeoned with a doorstop by Chrissie Watts
26Leo Taylor12th August 2005Suicide by heroin overdose
27Nana Moon16th December 2005Aortic aneurysm
28Dennis Rickman30th December 2005Stabbed by Danny Moon on orders from Johnny Allen
29Danny Moon31st March 2006Shot by Jake Moon
30Johnny Allen20th October 2006Heart attack
31Evie Brown8th December 2006Breast cancer
32Pauline Fowler25th December 2006Intracerebral hemorrhage after being bludgeoned with a frying pan by Joe Macer
33Joe Macer26th January 2007Fell from a window
34Jed9th March 2007Bus accident
35Stella Crawford20th July 2007Suicide by jumping from a roof
36Kevin Wicks31st December 2007Car accident, caused by himself
37May Wright18th June 2008Suicide by gas explosion
38Jase Dyer28th August 2008Stabbed by Terry Bates
39David19th December 2008Heart attack
40Danielle Jones2nd April 2009Struck by a car driven by Janine Butcher
41Tommy Clifford23rd April 2009Kidney failure
42Trina Johnson3rd September 2009Exsanguination after being impaled on a rake by Lucas Johnson
43Owen Turner26th November 2009Strangled by Lucas Johnson
44Archie Mitchell25th December 2009Bludgeoned with a bust by Stacey Slater
45Bradley Branning19th February 2010Fell from a roof
46Lydia Simmonds13th June 2011Natural causes
47Rob Grayson25th August 2011Drowned during a fight with Ryan Malloy
48Yusef Khan26th December 2011Building collapse during a house fire
49Pat Evans1st January 2012Pancreatic cancer
50Heather Trott21st March 2012Bludgeoned with a picture frame by Ben Mitchell
51Derek Branning25th December 2012Heart attack
52Michael Moon31st October 2013Stabbed by Janine Butcher
53Carl White1st January 2014Bludgeoned with a car boot lid by Ronnie Mitchell
54Emma Summerhayes1st January 2015Intracerebral hemorrhage after being struck by a car sabotaged by Nick Cotton and driven by Roxy Mitchell
55Nick Cotton13th February 2015Respiratory failure following an impure heroin overdose
56Cyril Bishop19th March 2015Cancer
57Stan Carter10th April 2015Prostate cancer
58Fatboy25th December 2015Crushed in a car by Ronnie Mitchell’s hitmen
59Charlie Slater6th January 2016Heart attack
60Peggy Mitchell17th May 2016Suicide by drug overdose
61Margaret Midhurst5th July 2016Cervical fracture after being pushed off a balcony by Gavin Sullivan
62Roxy Mitchell1st January 2017Drowned following a cardiac arrest caused by cold shock response
63Ronnie Branning1st January 2017Drowned after being weighed down by her wedding dress
64Steven Beale8th September 2017Cardiac arrest after a liver bleed from being pushed into a countertop by Max Branning
65Abi Branning19th January 2018Life support withdrawn following brainstem death after falling from a roof
66Shakil Kazemi25th May 2018Stabbed during a gang attack
67Ray Kelly3rd January 2019Shot by Hunter Owen
68Harold Legg15th February 2019Pancreatic cancer
69Hunter Owen6th September 2019Shot by armed police
70Mel Owen14th November 2019Hit by a lorry after hearing her deceased son call her name and walked towards the car
71 Leo King 14th February 2020 Stabbed in self-defence by Whitney Dean
72 Dennis Rickman 21st February 2020 Drowned in the River Thames
73 Daniel Cook 27th February 2020 Terminal cancer
74 Chantelle Atkins 18th September 2020 Impaled by a knife after being pushed onto an open dishwasher by Gray Atkins.


No Name Date/Episode Details
1Reg CoxFebruary 1985Bludgeoned with a lead pipe by Nick Cotton
2Stuart26th September 1985Leukaemia
3Irene Holloway18th June 1987Lung cancer
4Lou Beale26th July 1988Natural causes
5Trevor Kellow9th February 1989Suicide by hanging
6Mr Vinnicombe23rd February 1989Killed for failing to kill Den Watts
7Benny Bloom12th September 1989Natural causes
8Charlie Cotton9th July 1991Lorry accident
9Eddie Royle10th September 1991Stabbed by Nick Cotton
10Mo Butcher31st December 1992Alzheimer's disease
11Stephanie Watson31st December 1992Struck by a car driven by Pat Butcher
12Pete Beale9th December 1993Staged car accident
13Rose Chapman9th December 1993Staged car accident
14Joe Wallace28th July 1994Complications from AIDS
15Debbie Bates22nd June 1995Struck by a car
16Clive Dixon2nd October 1997Suicide by hanging himself
17Natasha Butcher27th November 1997Aborted because of spina bifida
18Cindy Beale5th November 1998Pulmonary embolism during childbirth
19Reenie Branning8th October 1999Pneumonia
20Barbara Owen26th July 2001Heart disease
21Harry Slater1st February 2002Heart attack
22Angie Watts8th April 2002Cirrhosis of the liver due to alcoholism
23Rosa di Marco24th June 2002Heart attack
24Geoff Morton4th March 2004Suicide by gunshot
25Mark Fowler12th April 2004Complications from AIDS
26Vivienne Hobbs28th June 2004Placental abortion
27Paul Trueman23rd December 2004Shot by a mob-affiliated hitman on orders from Andy Hunter
28Neil Miller18th March 2005Car accident
29Sue Miller18th March 2005Car accident
30Felix Kawalski2005Natural causes
31Nora Swann16th February 2006Pneumonia
32Margaret Wilson1st June 2006Fell and struck her head on a mantel
33Cedric Lucas13th October 2006Pancreatic cancer
34Frank Butcher31st March 2008Throat cancer
35Jack Edwards5th May 2010Car accident
36Billie Jackson9th October 2010Chocked on his own vomit from alcohol poisoning
37James Branning31st December 2010Sudden infant death syndrome
38Siobhan3rd November 2011Cervical cancer
39Lorraine Stevens22nd May 2012Pancreatitis caused by alcoholism
40Tony King26th July 2013Suicide
41Lucy Beale18th April 2014Bludgeoned with a jewellery box by Bobby Beale
42Carol HanleyFebruary 2015Cancer
43Jim Branning9th April 2015Heart attack
44Zaair Kazemi28th August 2015Stillborn
45Joel Reynolds28th January 2016Speedboat accident
46Stephanie Reynolds28th January 2016Speedboat accident
47Paul Coker18th July 2016Beaten by Simon Atmore and Frankie Byrne in a homophobic attack
48Sylvie Carter30th March 2017Electrocuted in the bath
49Luke Browning5th December 2017Killed by thugs on the orders of Aidan Maguire
50 James Willmott-Brown 28th December 2017 Complications after a Heart Attack
51 Lydia Dawkins 25th September 2020 Car crash

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