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A list of all character deaths that have featured in Emmerdale's storylines, totalling to 159 deaths. These range from murder to manslaughter, crashes to hit-and-runs, disasters and suicides. The deaths listed include regular and guest characters, as well as characters that have been mentioned to have died some point post-October 1972. For example, Frank Tate's wife Jean Tate Sr. was mentioned at times between 1989 and 1997, but not seen, and died in 1984.

A regular character is usually killed off if the actor has passed away in real life, whilst their character is still appearing on-screen. For example, Arthur Pentelow passed away in August 1991, and his character Henry Wilks was killed off in October 1991. Sometimes, a character isn't killed off even if the actor playing them has died in real life. For example, Ronald Magill died in 2007, but his character Amos Brearly hasn't been worded dead.

Emmerdale has been noted for its frequent and dramatic deaths. A plane crash in 1993 that killed all the seven passengers and four characters was watched by 17 million viewers, and doubled subsequent ratings. There were a total of 11 deaths in the Plane Crash, however only characters that have been named appear on the list and count towards the total.

On-screenEdit

No. Date Character Cause
19th February 1973 Ian 'Trash' McIntyre Cervical fracture caused by falling out a window
12th April 1979 Unknown rapist of Wendy Hotson Hit by a motorbike
6th May 1980 Harry Moore Heart attack
26th August 1986 Pat Sugden Car accident
5th November 1987 Mr. Metcalfe Natural causes
6th July 1989 Denis Rigg Gored by a bull
16th August 1989 Jackie Merrick Accidental gunshot wound
16th August 1990 Pete Whiteley Injuries sustained after being run over by Kate Sugden
30th December 1993 Archie Brooks Incinerated by a fireball during plane crash
30th December 1993 Leonard Kempinski Car accident during plane crash
31st May 1994 Simmy Shot by Reg Dawson
7th June 1994 Shirley Turner Shot by Reg Dawson
7th June 1994 Reg Dawson Shot by police marksman
9th August 1994 Ben Dingle Heart defect
1st August 1995 Luke McAllister Car accident
11th April 1996 Jeremy 'Jed' Connell Shot by Nick Bates while poaching
26th December 1996 Dave Glover Injuries sustained from fire at Home Farm
27th May 1997 Frank Tate Heart attack
21st October 1997 Linda Fowler Car accident caused by Alex Oakwell
20th November 1998 Lord Alex Oakwell Fell off a roof
25th December 1998 Vic Windsor From injuries sustained after falling against a fridge cabinet during robbery
11th May 1999 Rachel Hughes Pushed off cliff by Graham Clark
11th November 1999 Liam Hammond Shot by Zoe Tate
18th February 2000 Graham Clark Car accident
20th March 2000 Pete Collins Bus crash
20th March 2000 Patricia Holmes Bus crash
20th March 2000 Bob Simmons Bus crash
24th March 2000 Butch Dingle Injuries sustained from the bus crash
16th November 2000 Sarah Sugden Barn fire started by Andy Sugden
10th September 2001 Jean Strickland Run over by Marc Reynolds
9th September 2002 Harry Partridge Heart attack
22nd November 2002 DC Adrien Collins Car accident
22nd November 2002 Angie Reynolds Car accident
17th December 2002 Jedediah Dingle Natural causes
26th December 2002 Ray Mullan Hit with a vase in self-defense by Louise Appleton
17th September 2003 Chris Tate Suicide by poisoning himself
8th January 2004 Tricia Dingle Internal injuries sustained from being crushed by falling bricks
6th July 2004 Paul Marsden Fell off scaffolding
24th November 2004 Roger Dyson Heart attack
17th March 2005 Shelley Williams Drowned
2nd October 2005 Max King Car explosion
13th April 2006 Terence Turner Struck over the head with a fire extinguisher by Adam Forsythe
13th July 2006 Noreen Bell House collapse
13th July 2006 David Brown House collapse
14th July 2006 Dawn Woods House collapse
31st July 2006 Alice Dingle Assisted suicide; morphine overdose administered by Sam Dingle
25th December 2006 Tom King Pushed out of a window by Carl King
17th May 2007 Len Reynolds Heart attack
1st August 2007 Colin McFarlane Natural causes
27th September 2007 DCI Grace Barraclough Run over by lorry
21st February 2008 Daniel Thomas Cot death
18th November 2008 Donald De Souza Heart attack
2nd December 2008 Shane Doyle Bludgeoned with a chair leg multiple times by Jasmine Thomas
16th December 2008 Matthew King Injuries sustained after being catapulted through truck windshield
12th January 2010 Mark Wylde Shot by Natasha Wylde
23rd July 2010 Shadrach Dingle Drowned
13th January 2011 Viv Hope Fire started by Nick Henshall
13th January 2011 Terry Woods Fire started by Nick Henshall
17th February 2011 Nick Henshall Suicide by gunshot
7th June 2011 Jackson Walsh Assisted suicide
16th February 2012 John Barton Car accident
17th October 2012 Carl King Hit with a brick by Cameron Murray
25th July 2013 Genesis Walker Suffocated by Cameron Murray
17th October 2013 Cameron Murray Electrocuted
4th March 2014 Gemma Andrews Brain death
14th August 2014 Donna Windsor Jumped from multi-storey car park
14th August 2014 Gary North Fell from multi-storey car park whilst handcuffed to Donna Windsor
25th September 2014 Robbie Lawson Accidentally hit by flare fired by Declan Macey
5th February 2015 Katie Sugden Fell through rotten floorboards after being pushed by Robert Sugden
4th August 2015 Unknown helicopter pilotHelicopter crash at the village hall
4th August 2015Ruby HaswellInjuries in stomach from debris after a helicopter crashed into the village hall
4th August 2015Val PollardHit by a falling shard of glass in the mirror maze due to the helicopter explosion at the village hall
3rd September 2015SuzieHeart attack
11th February 2016Tess HarrisRan over by Kirin Kotecha
29th September 2016Holly BartonHeroin overdose
17th October 2016James BartonInjuries sustained after falling off a bridge
30th January 2017Joanie DingleCardiac arrest
7th April 2017Ashley ThomasPneumonia
3rd October 2017Finn BartonCardiac arrest after accidentally being shot in the stomach by Emma Barton
3rd October 2017Emma BartonPushed off the Hotten Viaduct by Moira Dingle
9th November 2017Amelia DumphreysUnknown causes - Died under the hairdyer in Beauty & Bernice
11th January 2018Lawrence WhiteCar crash caused by Lachlan White
11th January 2018Chrissie WhiteInjuries sustained in car crash caused by Lachlan White
17th May 2018Gerry RobertsMurdered by Lachlan White
31st July 2018 (flashback)Cheryl FosterCar explosion following crash caused by Graham Foster

Off-screenEdit

No. Date Character Cause
1973 Peter Gibbons Unknown causes
30th January 1973 Sharon Crossthwaite Strangled by Jim Latimer
26th March 1973 Mrs Hinton Natural causes
16th July 1973 Peggy Skilbeck Brain haemorrhage
22nd October 1973 Luke Brearly Liver Failure
May 1974 Tom Ratcliffe Unknown causes
20th January 1975 Wally Lumm Pneumonia
13th January 1976 Sam Skilbeck Car accident
13th January 1976 Sally Skilbeck Car accident
13th January 1976 Beattie Dowton Car accident
27th April 1976 Bella Ryland Cancer
1977 Percy Edgar Natural causes
May 1977 George Barrett Unknown causes
21st June 1977 Jim Gimbel Suicide by gunshot
September 1978 George Verney Natural causes
1979 Jack Hathersage Unknown causes
1980 Arthur Brearly Unknown causes
1981 Padraic Flynn Cancer
19th February 1981 Enoch Tolly Tractor accident
1984 Anne Windsor Hit by car
27th November 1984 Sam Pearson Natural causes
24th December 1984 Jean Tate Sr. Assisted suicide
23rd January 1986 Harry Mowlam Beaten to death by Derek Warner
28th February 1986 Mary King Cancer
15th November 1987 Shirley Pascoe Unknown causes, died giving birth to Genesis Walker
24th November 1988 Stephen Fuller Crushed by a falling tree
1st January 1991 Paolo Rosetti Shot by unknown assailant
30th July 1991 Bill Whiteley Natural causes
3rd October 1991 Henry Wilks Heart attack
1992 George Windslow Natural causes
2nd February 1993 Meg Armstrong Stroke
16th December 1993Wally Eagleton Unknown causes
30th December 1993 Mark Hughes Crushed by falling wall in plane crash
30th December 1993 Elizabeth Pollard Struck by falling debris during plane crash
13th December 1994 Alice Wood Natural causes
6th June 1995 Joe Sugden Car accident
September 1995 Mr Holdgate Unknown causes
22nd August 1996 Granny Hopwood Heart attack
February 1997 Unnamed woman Drowned
8th May 1997 Ron Hudson Huntington's disease
30th July 1997 Kate Sugden Brain haemorrhage
February 2001 Eileen Reynolds Unknown causes
22nd October 2001 Les Taylor Cancer
17th January 2002 Barbara Kirk Natural causes
1st July 2002 Tony Bell Stabbed by Ray Mullan
16th September 2002 Edith Weatherall Natural causes
26th February 2003 Pat Jones Alcohol poisoning
17th August 2004 Fairground Freddie Unknown
30th October 2005 Seth Armstrong Heart attack
2006 Lydia Metcalfe Breast cancer
27th February 2006 Brian Addyman Car accident
3rd May 2006 Irvin Ward Unknown
12th November 2006 Adam Forsythe Suicide by hanging
3rd September 2007 Mary Barraclough Stroke
25th December 2007 Rosemary King Suicide by gunshot
5th February 2009 Jack Sugden Heart attack
6th August 2010 Yvonne Harding Unknown illness
2011 Ellen White Unknown
8th November 2011 Mia Macey Car accident
30th September 2012 Billy Hope Sudden Unexplained Infant Death
3rd December 2012 Tracey Suicide
24th December 2012 Alex Moss Murdered by Cameron Murray
2013 Kelly Hawkins Ecstasy overdose
28th July 2013 Tom Winchester Carbon monoxide poisoning
28th July 2013 Karen Winchester Carbon monoxide poisoning
24th October 2013 Alan Turner Heart failure
2014 Steve Hart Pulmonary embolism
16th July 2015 Hilary Potts Heart problems
3rd May 2016 Edna Birch Ovarian cancer
12th May 2016 Gordon Livesy Suicide by hanging
18th May 2016 Dylan Lung infection
24th April 2018 Lee Overdose
26th April 2018 Ali Spencer Injuries sustained in a car crash
13th July 2018 Paul Tozer Murdered by Lachlan White

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