WARNING: This post contains major EastEnders spoilers that some readers might wish to avoid.
In a shocking plot twist for BBC Eastenders
, new images have been released images seemingly confirming the death of one of Walford's most long-standing gay residents, Ben Mitchell.
Pictures released by DigitalSpy
show members of the Mitchell and Beale families gathering at a hospital to hear the heartbreaking news that Ben Mitchell (Harry Reid) has died after succumbing to injuries sustained during an as-yet unspecified 'incident'.
No scenes showing the incident itself have been released.
Ben Mitchell has been at the centre of a number of dramatic plot lines, including coming out as gay and fighting for acceptance from his father Phil Mitchell, killing fan favourite Heather Trott, and being victim to a campaign of abuse by Phil's former lover Stella Crawford.
Most recently, he's been romantically involved with Paul Coker, played by TV newcomer and total hottie, Jonny Labey
. Bosses confirmed earlier this year that Paul would be exiting the soap in an 'explosive' storyline this summer, leaving us all wondering what role he may play in the lead-up to Ben's untimely demise.
airs these scenes next week on BBC One.
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