Hollyoaks favourite Brody Hudson was killed in a hit-and-run accident in tonight's first-look episode of the soap on E4.
The character, played by Adam Woodward, had been in the village since 2017 and was most notably involved in a hard-hitting storyline exploring historic child sex abuse.
In recent months Brody was involved in a toxic love triangle with Sienna (Anna Passey) and evil Summer (Rhiannon Clements), although he finally appeared to be getting back together with Sienna just before meeting his demise.
In the shock scenes, Brody headed to the police station to hand himself in for his part in the death of Summer's father Cormac, only for a drunken Warren (Jamie Lomas) to run him down in his car to keep the truth from coming out.
© Lime Pictures
Talking about leaving the show, Woodward said: "His happy-go-lucky carefree attitude was soon cut short with his past came back to haunt him in the form of Buster. I will forever cherish my time working on the abuse storyline for the positive impact we all made, and how well received it was by the audience.
"My time playing Brody has given me memories I will never forget and friends I'll keep for a lifetime. Least of which Anna Passey, who made playing one half of Brienna an absolute pleasure. Brody found his soul mate in Sienna, how ever complicated and bumpy love can be, she was there for him right to the end.
"I know his bromance with Damon will also never be forgotten! If you've loved Brody or hated him, just know I appreciate you watching him. Goodbye Brody and thanks for everything."
Hollyoaks continues weeknights on Channel 4 and E4.