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Eastenders' Paul Coker's death was the result of a homophobic attack

2016-07-22

Eastenders revealed that Paul Coker's (Jonny Labey) shock death was the result of a homophobic attack in last night's (July 21) episode.

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Boyfriend Ben Mitchell (Harry Reid) spoke to Johnny Carter (Ted Reilly) about the night, which he had initially described as a random mugging, and opened up about what really went down:

"When we left the club, we were taking selfies and laughing about something stupid", Ben said. "These four blokes starting following us, saying "Come on then, you f*ggots".  Paul said I should just leave it, but I didn't, did I? I had to start mouthing off like I always do. Paul's dead and it's all my fault."

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This came after Ben denied that homophobia was at play when he was quizzed by police, who questioned him on why he hadn't told them the pair were a couple.

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As the fallout from Paul's death continues, will Ben open up to the police and help get justice for Paul?

EastEnders continues tonight (July 22) at 8pm on BBC One.

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