(Johnnie Clayton as Reg Cox) Memorable EastEnders departures: The discovery of Reg Cox The very first episode of EastEnders in 1985 started with the death of character Reg Cox . Den Watts, Pete Beale (Peter Dean) and Ali Osman (Nejdet Salih) broke into his flat and found the missing old man, with Den uttering the immortal first line: "Cor! Stinks in 'ere, dunnit?"
Memorable EastEnders departures: (Bill Treacher as Arthur) In 1996, troubled Arthur Fowler (Bill Treacher) was in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Arthur received a blow to his head during a prison fracas. On his release, he suffered a brain hemorrhage at his beloved allotment. He died later in hospital, leaving the Fowler family heartbroken.
(John Altman as Nick and June Brown as Dot Memorable EastEnders departures: 'Nasty' Nick Cotton's Death 'Nasty' Nick (John Altman) was the original villain of the Square. He murdered Reg Cox in the very first episode, and accidentally caused the death of his own son Ashley. As if that wasn't enough, Nick even tried to kill his own mother Dot. Nick returned to Walford in 2014, but had to live in hiding in a derelict building. He persuaded Dot to score heroin to feed his addiction, but…
Memorable EastEnders departures: (Charlie Brooks as Janine) Au Revoir, Janine Butcher Janine was at the centre of a number of dramatic storylines including pushing husband Barry Evans (Shaun Williamson) over a cliff and embarking on a relationship with evil Archie Mitchell (Larry Lamb). Her exit came shortly after she'd been imprisoned for her part in the murder of former lover Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd). But being Janine she once again managed to worm her way out of trouble
Memorable EastEnders departures: (Todd Carty as Mark Fowler) Mark Fowler rides into the sunset Mark (Todd Carty) was one of the first soap characters to be diagnosed as HIV positive. Viewers saw him live with the condition for many years, but after being told by doctors that his body was rejecting his medication, Mark decided he would leave Walford and spare his family from watching his decline. He rode off on his motorbike in 2003.
Memorable EastEnders departures: (Michael French as David Wicks and Adam Woodyatt as Ian Beale) David Wicks legs it David Wicks (Michael French) was another of Walford's wide-boy womanisers. David had an affair with his half-brother Ian Beale's (Adam Woodyatt) wife Cindy (Michelle Collins) and then arranged to have Ian shot before then embarking on another affair with old flame Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson).