EastEnders fans need to brace for impact – as a key character is set to be killed off imminently as part of a tragic storyline.
New photos from the set show a coffin being driven in a hearse – with beautiful floral arrangements spelling out 'Lola,' understood to be Lola Pearce.
The 26 year old character, played by actress Danielle Harold, first appeared on the soap back in 2011 and was introduced as the granddaughter of Billy Mitchell and Julie Perkins. Over the years, she's gained quite the following – so fans were left devastated in March, when Lola received a phone call from a doctor who advised she would likely pass away by the end of the year.
"I'm afraid it's not good news. The MRI has detected the tumour rate is advancing again," a doctor told Lola in an earlier episode. "We can talk about starting you on some chemotherapy, but I have to stress, this is purely palliative."
"Lola I'm very sorry but we're talking six months at best," the doctor added.
Sadly, with scenes of Lola's funeral already being filmed, fans and viewers don't think they'll have very long to wait before she is killed off the programme.
Actress Danielle Harold recently tha nked fans for their support as she filmed so of her final scenes for the soap. Sharing a photo of herself portraying Lola in a hospital bed, she wrote on Instagram previously: "Lola's story has been a very hard one to tell and one that means so much to me and sadly effects so many people.
"Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet historically only 1% of research is allocated to this devastating disease.
"I would like to take a moment for everybody that has reached out to me and shared their experiences with me, I have read every message And hold all of your messages close to my heart whilst playing this story. I have been blessed to meet the most incredible people and work with some wonderful charities along the way and I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for all your support advise and love."
Danielle’s poignant post has been liked more than 25,000 times and her acting has been praised by hundreds of fans and viewers of the show – and several fellow actors too.
Honey Mitchell actress Emma Barton said: "Words cannot express how I feel about you darling one… you are a masterpiece, talent, true, honest & WOW!"
"So proud of you Dan!" said Calum Highway actor Tony Clay, as Nick Nevern added, “Love you babe… you have done an amazing job with this story line."
It's not yet known when Lola will die on EastEnders – but in scenes next week, we can expect to see Lola ask her husband Jay to adopt her young daughter Lexi.
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