The Jackson and Branning families are plunged into sadness when Billie dies in next week’s EastEnders.

Home on leave from the Army, a celebration party goes horribly wrong when Bianca tries to wake her oversleeping little brother the next morning. But she can’t rouse him and when the medics arrive it becomes clear that Billie has died from a cocktail of alcohol and drugs.

It devastates his family, not least Carol, who can’t accept that her larger-than-life, healthy son, who was on top of the world the day before, has suddenly gone. Her bewilderment turns to anger as she blames Lauren and Connor for his death…

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