June Brown has passed away aged 95, the BBC has confirmed.
The veteran telly actress played Dot Cotton – an iconic EastEnders stalwart – for 35 years making her one of the show's longest running characters.
June died at her home in Surrey on Sunday surrounded by family, according to reports.
She played Dot Cotton, a chain-smoking laundry assistant and mother of notorious criminal Nick Cotton from 1985 and appeared in a staggering 2,884 episodes.
After various long-running storylines involving her villainous offspring and a partnership with second husband Jim Branning (played by John Bardon), June, a mum of six, left the show aged 93.
Her character is legendary in soapland and Dot was also well known for her Christian faith, hypochondria and of course, the endless fags.
She's so iconic that catwalk collections have even been inspired by her.
June's final scene in EastEnders was in January 2020.
Dot decided to go to Ireland because she was devastated about her missing money being stolen by Martin.
But in fact, it was her granddaughter Sonia who had nicked it and who also convinced Dot to go to Ireland.
She left her a message saying: “I shall miss you and I shall always love you, as I know you love me. So goodbye my dearest girl. Your loving grandma, Dot.”
The trip to Ireland was supposed to be a temporary absence but not long after June gave an interview on a podcast where she claimed she had left the square "for good".
She told Distinct Nostalgia: “I don’t want a retainer for EastEnders, I’ve left.
“I’ve sent her off to Ireland where she’ll stay. I’ve left EastEnders. I did make up a limerick. It’s a bit dirty."
The short poem described her proposed return as a "wet fart".
In full it's: “I went back to do a good story. Alas and alack, when I got back it had gone up in smoke.
“I got a small part, a very small part. And that ended up as a big wet fart. Alas and alack, I will never go back.”
You can't get clearer than that!
An EastEnders spokesman said: "We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved June Brown, OBE, MBE, sadly passed away last night.
"There are not enough words to describe how much June was loved and adored by everyone at EastEnders, her loving warmth, wit and great humour will never be forgotten.
"June created one of the most iconic characters in Dot Cotton, not just in soap but in British television, and having appeared in 2,884 episodes, June's remarkable performances created some of EastEnders' finest moments.
"We send all our love and deepest sympathies to June's family and friends. A very bright light has gone out at EastEnders today but we shall all be raising a sweet sherry in June's memory.
"Rest in peace, our dearest June. You will never be forgotten."
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