Dot Cotton tells Jack Branning she is dying

EastEnders fans heartbroken as “soap icon” Dot reveals she’s dying


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BBC viewers were in bits last night as legendary character Dot Cotton revealed she’s dying.

Fans cried out a collective “noooooooooooo” as the adored soap veteran told her stepson Jack Branning the horrible news.

Dot Cotton smoking a fag
Dot hasn’t been feeling herself since returning to Walford (Credit: BBC)

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In emotional scenes on Tuesday (16 October), Dot told a shocked Jack that she’d been to the doctor because of her “funny turns”.

When pressed to reveal what the doctor had diagnosed, she went on to quote a passage from her beloved Bible, saying: “To everything there is a season. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to pluck up those that have been planted.

“Well, that’s the jist of it.”

Dot Cotton tells Jack Branning she is dying
The touching scene left fans reaching for their tissues… (Credit: BBC)

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Dot, who has been on the soap since it started in 1985, morosely told Jack: “You see Jack, I’m dying. And I’ve come back here to say my goodbyes.”

Fans were devastated by Dot’s bombshell, and some were even furious with scriptwriters, with one saying: “If Dot dies …. I swear I will NEVER ever watch #Eastenders again and that’s a promise!! The matriarch of this soap, they simply can’t get rid of her or June Brown!!!!”

Another simply wrote: “Nope. Dot’s not allowed to die.”

A third added: “I love wee dot in eastenders, heart will literally break if anything happens to her.”

One said Dot’s death would “break them” and bought back flashbacks of when Ethel died.

Many described her as a “soap icon”, with one lamenting: “Dot cotton isn’t just an Eastenders icon she is a soap drama icon across the UK. This is bigger than TV, this is more than an exit. This is a legend right here. Dot can’t die.”

June Brown MBE has appeared as Dot for more than 30 years, mainly working in the laundrette during that time.

Fans have seen the matriarch dragged to hell and back by her criminal son Nick Cotton and love the chain-smoking Christian for her caring ways.

We love you D.C.! (Credit: BBC)

Many of her devotees may currently be hoping that Dot’s belief that she’s dying is, in fact, another example of her famous hypochondria…

In real life, June has spoken openly about losing her eyesight.

Amazingly, the actress is 91.

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