EastEnders' Paul Coker was killed off in Monday night's episode in a huge shock twist.
Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) and Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) were led to believe it was Phil's son Ben (Harry Reid) who had been involved in an incident and was in a "critical condition" in hospital after a receiving a phone call from the police.
The pair raced to the hospital where they were asked to identify the body of the now-deceased young man.
As they prepared to view the body, a heart-broken Phil told Ian: "I just wish it was me. I don't want to see."
But viewers were stunned when it was revealed that it was Ben's boyfriend Paul, played by Jonny Labey, who was lying cold in the hospital bed.
Ben's whereabouts are still a mystery after the pair were last seen heading off for a night out together before the tragedy occurred.
It had been revealed in April that Jonny was due to quit the show, but bosses had kept his means of exit quiet.
Fans were left in shock by the twist.
Shocked that Paul died - it was so out of the blue. He and Ben made a great couple - they should have let the story develop. #EastEnders
-- Parveen Agnihotri (@Parveen_Comms) July 18, 2016
#Eastenders oh wow what an episode! Heart literally pounding. Glad it wasn't Ben tbh! Sad 2 see Paul on the table...was a lovely character?
-- Nicola Hook (@Pettitt89) July 18, 2016
literally want Ben and Paul to be happy together because they're so cute together, but EE writers have to ruin my life :) #EastEnders
-- snakehips ft sugar (@abixfitzgerald) July 18, 2016
YOU GOT RID OF PAUL! IM NOT SURE I CAN FORGIVE YOU FOR THIS #eastenders
-- Elizabeth (@enchantedbradd) July 18, 2016
Was not expecting that , how have they just got rid of Paul like that ? #EastEnders
-- Areese (@areese1995) July 18, 2016
-- hAel (@honest_rae) July 18, 2016
Although some saw it coming, especially with the mix-up with the mobile phone and tattoo.
I reckon it's Paul that's died not Ben. They have got the identities mixed up.. #EastEnders
-- Deano Boroczky (@DeanomusicUK) July 18, 2016
Not convinced Ben is dead. Still think it's going to be Paul #eastenders
-- karen (@irishcaskettfan) July 18, 2016
So Paul is obviously gonna be the one who's dead because he has Ben tattooed on his finger. How thick are these people?#EastEnders
-- Utterly Deplaurable. (@LauraEms_) July 18, 2016
His death left fans wondering what had happened to Ben.
Although one or two of the more heartless viewers couldn't help joking about Paul's undertaker grandad Les.
Les would still probably charge money for his Grandson Paul's funeral ? #Eastenders
-- Kyle Brooks (@BrooksKyle) July 18, 2016
EastEnders returns on Tuesday to BBC One at 7.30pm.