EastEnders’ Abi Branning will die tonight as her life support is switched off

EASTENDERS fans are in for an emotional evening as Abi Branning will die tonight.

Abi has been declared brain dead after falling from the roof of the Queen Vic on Christmas Day, with medics saying there is "zero chance" of her ever regaining consciousness.

With doctors unable to do anything else to help her, Abi's family will tonight turn off her life support.

It's been an emotional week for distraught dad Max, who blames himself for causing the accident, as daughters Lauren and Abi climbed on to the pub roof to stop him from committing suicide.

On Monday night's episode, he broke down and barricaded himself into Abi's hospital room when a nurse suggested it was time to let his daughter go.

He has understandably struggled to accept his daughter's fate, but eventually takes doctors' advice, having sought second opinions and looked into medical negligence lawsuits.

In heartbreaking scenes, he'll be shown agreeing to switch off Abi's life support machine.

As a result, Lorna Fitzgerald – who plays Abi – bows out of the BBC One soap after 11 years.

Pregnant Abi plunged from the pub roof alongside her sister Lauren, played by Jacqueline Jossa, while trying to stop disgraced Max from taking his own life.

The siblings were rushed to hospital but, while Lauren managed to pull through, Abi's life hung in the balance.

Doctors later declared her brain-stem dead, telling heartbroken Max that nothing could be done to bring his daughter back.

Since then, a ventilator has kept Abi alive while surgeons successfully managed to deliver her premature baby girl.

After realising that Abi was set to be killed off, viewers took to Twitter in their droves to discuss the shock news.

One wrote, "cannot believe Abi is dead #eastenders" while another added: "It is a bit sad though that Abi is dead I mean in the end she just wanted to be loved."

A third agreed, tweeting: "I think it was the wrong decision to kill off abi! Would have liked for the door to be left open for a return in the future!"

Behind the scenes pictures have since shown many of Albert Square's residents attending Abi's funeral.

Lauren could be seen walking with a stick as she paid her last respects to her sister.

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/5381223/eastenders-abi-branning-will-die-tonight-as-her-life-support-is-switched-off/

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