During the life of EastEnders, there have been a total of 130 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

On-screen

No Name Date/Episode Details
1 Hassan Osman 20 June 1985 Sudden infant death syndrome
2 Andy O'Brien 14 August 1986 Struck by a lorry
3 Tom Clements 21 April 1988 Heart attack
4 Donna Ludlow 13 April 1989 Choked on her own vomit following a suicidal heroin overdose
5 Harry Osborne 20 February 1990 Natural causes
6 Gill Fowler 25 June 1992 Complications from AIDS
7 Alan Hall 8 March 1994 Blast injuries from a fire started by Phil Mitchell
8 Arthur Fowler 20 May 1996 Intracerebral hemorrhage after being bludgeoned with a lead pipe
9 Tiffany Mitchell 31 December 1998 Skull fracture after being struck by a car driven by Frank Butcher
10 Saskia Duncan 14 February 1999 Bludgeoned with an ashtray by Steve Owen
11 Ethel Skinner 7 September 2000 Suicide by drug overdose assisted by Dot Cotton
12 Ashley Cotton 14 June 2001 Crashed on a motorbike sabotaged by Nick Cotton
13 Audrey Trueman 7 September 2001 Intracerebral hemorrhage from being struck by falling debris
14 Jane Williams 11 January 2002 Ovarian cancer
15 Steve Owen 1 March 2002 Blast injury from a car explosion, caused by himself
16 Tom Banks 1 November 2002 Blast injury from an explosion during a house fire, started by Trevor Morgan
17 Trevor Morgan 1 November 2002 Blast injury from an explosion during a house fire, started by himself
18 Jamie Mitchell 25 December 2002 - Part 2 Ruptured spleen after being struck by a car driven by Martin Fowler
19 Roy Evans 17 March 2003 Heart attack
20 Jack Dalton 18 July 2003 Shot by Dennis Rickman
21 Barry Evans 1 January 2004 Head injuries after being pushed down a cliff by Janine Butcher
22 Laura Beale 30 April 2004 Cervical fracture after falling down a flight of stairs
23 David Collins 31 December 2004 Huntington's disease
Andy Hunter 18 February 2005 Pushed off a flyover by Johnny Allen
25 Den Watts 18 February 2005 Bludgeoned with a doorstop by Chrissie Watts
26 Leo Taylor 12 August 2005 Suicide by heroin overdose
27 Nana Moon 16 December 2005 Aortic aneurysm
28 Dennis Rickman 30 December 2005 Stabbed by Danny Moon on orders from Johnny Allen
Danny Moon 31 March 2006 Shot by Jake Moon
30 Johnny Allen 20 October 2006 Heart attack
31 Evie Brown 8 December 2006 Breast cancer
32 Pauline Fowler 25 December 2006 - Part 2 Intracerebral hemorrhage after being bludgeoned with a frying pan by Joe Macer
33 Joe Macer 26 January 2007 Fell from a window
34 Jed 9 March 2007 Bus accident
35 Stella Crawford 20 July 2007 Suicide by jumping from a roof
36 Kevin Wicks 31 December 2007 Car accident, caused by himself
37 May Wright 18 June 2008 Suicide by gas explosion
38 Wellard 15 August 2008 Euthanised after being fed chocolate by Bianca Jackson
39 Jase Dyer 28 August 2008 Stabbed by Terry Bates
40 David 19 December 2008 Heart attack
41 Danielle Jones 2 April 2009 Struck by a car driven by Janine Butcher
42 Tommy Clifford 23 April 2009 Kidney failure
43 Trina Johnson 3 September 2009 Exsanguination after being impaled on a rake by Lucas Johnson
44 Owen Turner 26 November 2009 Strangled by Lucas Johnson
4 Archie Mitchell 25 December 2009 Bludgeoned with a bust by Stacey Slater
Bradley Branning 19 February 2010 Fell from a roof
47 Lydia Simmonds 13 June 2011 Natural causes
48 Rob Grayson 25 August 2011 Drowned during a fight with Ryan Malloy
49 Yusef Khan 26 December 2011 Building collapse during a house fire
50 Pat Evans 1 January 2012 Pancreatic cancer
51 Heather Trott 21 March 2012 Bludgeoned with a picture frame by Ben Mitchell
52 Derek Branning 25 December 2012 Heart attack
53 Michael Moon 31 October 2013 Stabbed by Janine Butcher
54 Carl White 1 January 2014 Bludgeoned with a car boot lid by Ronnie Mitchell
55 Tramp 2 October 2014 Ran over by Abi Branning
56 Emma Summerhayes 1 January 2015 Intracerebral haemorrhage after being struck by a car sabotaged by Nick Cotton and driven by Roxy Mitchell
57 Nick Cotton 13 February 2015 Respiratory failure following an impure heroin overdose
58 Cyril Bishop 19 March 2015 Cancer
59 Stan Carter 10 April 2015 Prostate cancer
60 Fatboy 24 December 2015 Crushed in a car by Ronnie Mitchell’s hitmen
61 Charlie Slater 6 January 2016 Heart attack
62 Peggy Mitchell 17 May 2016 Suicide by drug overdose
63 Margaret Midhurst 5 July 2016 Cervical fracture after being pushed off a balcony by Gavin Sullivan
64 Roxy Mitchell 1 January 2017 Drowned in a swimming pool
65 Ronnie Branning 1 January 2017 Drowned in a swimming pool
66 Sylvie Carter 30 March 2017 Electrocuted after inadvertently pulling a CD player into the bath
67 Steven Beale 8 September 2017 Cardiac arrest after a liver bleed from being pushed into a countertop by Max Branning
68 Abi Branning 19 January 2018 Life support withdrawn following brainstem death after falling from a roof
69 Shakil Kazemi 25 May 2018 Stabbed during a gang attack
70 Ray Kelly 3 January 2019 - Part 2 Shot by Hunter Owen
71 Harold Legg 15 February 2019 Pancreatic cancer
72 Hunter Owen 6 September 2019 Shot by armed police
73 Mel Owen 14 November 2019 Struck by a lorry
74 Leo King 14 February 2020 Stabbed by Whitney Dean
75 Dennis Rickman 21 February 2020 Drowned in a boat crash caused by Phil Mitchell
76 Daniel Cook 27 February 2020 Terminal cancer
77 Chantelle Atkins 18 September 2020 Impaled by a knife after being pushed onto an open dishwasher by Gray Atkins
78 Tina Carter 28 December 2020 Strangled by Gray Atkins


Off-screen

No Name Date/Episode Details
1 Reg Cox February 1985 Bludgeoned with a lead pipe by Nick Cotton
2 Stuart 26 September 1985 Leukaemia
3 Irene Holloway 18 June 1987 Lung cancer
4 Lou Beale 26 July 1988 Natural causes
5 Trevor Kellow 9 February 1989 Suicide by hanging
6 Mr Vinnicombe 23 February 1989 Killed for failing to kill Den Watts
7 Benny Bloom 12 September 1989 Natural causes
8 Charlie Cotton 9 July 1991 Lorry accident
9 Eddie Royle 10 September 1991 Stabbed by Nick Cotton
10 Mo Butcher 31 December 1992 Alzheimer's disease
11 Stephanie Watson 31 December 1992 Struck by a car driven by Pat Butcher
12 Pete Beale 9 December 1993 Staged car accident
13 Rose Chapman 9 December 1993 Staged car accident
14 Joe Wallace 28 July 1994 Complications from AIDS
15 Debbie Bates 22 June 1995 Struck by a car
16 Clive Dixon 2 October 1997 Suicide by hanging himself
17 Natasha Butcher 27 November 1997 Aborted because of spina bifida
18 Cindy Beale 5 November 1998 Pulmonary embolism during childbirth
19 Reenie Branning 8 October 1999 Pneumonia
20 Barbara Owen 26 July 2001 Heart disease
21 Harry Slater 1 February 2002 Heart attack
22 Angie Watts 8 April 2002 Cirrhosis of the liver due to alcoholism
23 Rosa di Marco 24 June 2002 Heart attack
24 Geoff Morton 4 March 2004 Suicide by gunshot
25 Mark Fowler 12 April 2004 Complications from AIDS
26 Vivienne Hobbs 28 June 2004 Placental abortion
27 Paul Trueman 23 December 2004 Shot by a mob-affiliated hitman on orders from Andy Hunter
28 Neil Miller 18 March 2005 Car accident
29 Sue Miller 18 March 2005 Car accident
30 Felix Kawalski 2005 Natural causes
31 Nora Swann 16 February 2006 Pneumonia
32 Margaret Wilson 1 June 2006 Fell and struck her head on a mantel
33 Cedric Lucas 13 October 2006 Pancreatic cancer
34 Frank Butcher 31 March 2008 Throat cancer
35 Jack Edwards 5 May 2010 Car accident
36 Billie Jackson 9 October 2010 Chocked on his own vomit from alcohol poisoning
James Branning 31 December 2010 Sudden infant death syndrome
38 Siobhan 3 November 2011 Cervical cancer
39 Lorraine Stevens 22 May 2012 Pancreatitis caused by alcoholism
40 Tony King 26 July 2013 Suicide
41 Lucy Beale 18 April 2014 Bludgeoned with a jewellery box by Bobby Beale
42 Carol Hanley February 2015 Cancer
43 Jim Branning 9 April 2015 Heart attack
44 Zaair Kazemi 28 August 2015 Stillborn
45 Joel Reynolds 28 January 2016 Speedboat accident
46 Stephanie Reynolds 28 January 2016 Speedboat accident
47 Paul Coker 18 July2016 Beaten to death by Simon Atmore and Frankie Byrne in a homophobic attack
49 Luke Browning 5 December 2017 Killed by thugs on the orders of Aidan Maguire
50 James Willmott-Brown 28 December 2017 Complications after a heart attack
51 Joyce Murray 29 March 2018 Natural causes
52 Dinah Wilson 16 May 2019 Suicide
53 Lydia Dawkins 25 September 2020 Car crash
54 Jonah Dawkins 25 September 2020 Car crash

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