Lola Pearce’s death branded saddest storyline in 25 years of EastEnders, co-star says

EastEnders has been a tough watch in recent weeks as Lola Pearce has faced the heartbreaking reality that she doesn't have long to live due to her brain tumour.

Now this week is Lola's last few days as she is set to pass away during Wednesday night's episode.

Lola's grandad Billy, played by Perry Fenwick has said that Lola's death is the saddest storyline in his 25 years on the soap.

60 year old Perry has revealed that he went to a "dark place" as he prepared for the final scenes with his young granddaughter.

When Perry was asked if this is the saddest storyline that he has worked on by The Sun he said: "Without a shadow of a doubt. I’ve been on the show for 25 years this year.

"We’ve seen a lot of people come and go … it’s just devastating.

“It’s been hard but it’s kind of, I think, the message that it’s put out for the show.”

In recent weeks viewers have watched as Billy has played a huge part in Lola's decline being there for his granddaughter doing whatever she needs.

Lola's decline started to become clear when she left her leaving do at the salon and Billy found her sat up against a wall frail and emotional as she knew she was getting worse.

Billy and Lola's husband Jay got Lola home before taking her to hospital where she was eventually told that she had just weeks to live.

The sad news was because Lola's palliative chemotherapy had not worked in the way that the doctors had hoped it would.

After the family were told the sad news Lola asked Billy to help her end her life as she thought that way she would be protecting her young daughter Lexi.

Despite being reluctant at first Billy did agree as long as Lola did tell her husband what she was planning to do.

Once Lola told Jay her plans he insisted that he would be the one to do it not Billy but eventually Lola decided that ending her life was not the right thing to do.

She said that she wants to set an example to her daughter about being brave and therefore she would keep going until the end.

Since then Lola has returned home and has been baptised by Reverend Mills in some emotional scenes that aired last week.

Lola will pass away on Wednesday and then she will be given a huge send off by the people of Walford with Billy set to be one of the people who carry Lola into the church for the final time.


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