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Hollyoaks favourite Clare Devine has been killed off in the soap – one of five characters to meet their end this week.

Clare has been played by Gemma Bissix since 2006, who has left and returned to the Channel 4 show a number of times.

She exited Hollyoaks when her villainous character was run over by her enemy Dr Paul Browning (Joe Thompson), who was also later killed in a showdown with his wife Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe).

Gemma tweeted her fans: “Thank u for ur amazing support! Clare Devine is truly the BEST character I hav ever played!! It’s bin n emotional ride!! xx

“It’s time to hang up the red stilettos and let some other villains cause some havoc.”

So far, two other characters have already been killed off this week and there is a fifth death to come, although viewers don’t know yet who it is that will meet a sticky end.

Doug Carter (PJ Brennan) and Ash Kane (Holly Weston) died in an explosion at the flats where Doug was holding a leaving party with boyfriend Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) as they prepared to make a fresh start away from the village.

Dodger Savage (Danny Mac) and Leanne Holiday (Jessica Forrest) both ended up in hospital with injuries from the blast, leaving Hollyoaks fans to wait and see which of them will not make a recovery.