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How Did Billie Jackson Die in Eastenders?
Was Eastenders Right to Kill Off Billie Jackson?
Billie Jackson has recently joined the army, but he wont die fighting for his country, instead he dies after binge drinking, and his sudden death will shock the whole square and devastate the Jackson family.
Carol, having missed Billie while he has been away, puts all her effort into to throwing her son a big party for his 22nd birthday.
Bianca is concerned that Carol is getting too involved, and tells her she needs to back off a bit. Carol decides to meet up with Lewis, the soldier she met while Billie was signing up for the Army.
Unfortunately Carol finds out that the love rat is married, and so feeling low decides she will concentrate on her son's big birthday bash instead.
Billie knows nothing of the party that his Mum is planning, and has gone on a bender in the south end, but feeling sorry for her Mum, Bianca drags Billie back to the square.
The party goes well, with all the residents of the square there to help Billy celebrate his birthday. Kim kisses Ricky (ooh-err) and Billie and Lauren get a bit worse for wear after too much to drink.
However the next morning when Bianca finds him lying on the sofa she thinks he is just asleep, and it is only when she tries to wake him, that she realises to her horror that her little brother is in fact dead.
The aftermath of Billie's death will be a tragic time for the Jackson Clan, Bianca will never get the picture of her dead brother out of her head, Whitney struggles with the loss of the love of her life and Carol can't cope with the death of her youngest son. Everybody rally's round to help Carol as she becomes more depressed and struggles to cope with day to day life, her Brother Max will be a big support as he has not long lost his own son Bradley.
Billy's Dad Alan Jackson will return for the funeral along with his Grandmother Blossom, who are both played by the original actors.
I think it is good that Eastenders are doing this story line as it shows youngsters the dangers of binge drinking.
It is sad that Billie is being killed off though as he has not long returned to the square, but good on Eastenders for bringing yet another story line that reflects the social issues we have today.
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As we know Bianca finds her brother Billie dead on the sofa on Monday nights episode after a night of binge drinking.
After she fails to wake him, a devastated Bianca realises he has passed away in the night and calls Mum Carol to tell her what has happened. Carol can't believe what Bianca is telling her and so she rushes back home to find a Doctor there with her Son Billie, but no one will let Carol in to the front room.
When she finally gets to her son, Carol still can't believe her son is dead as he just looks like he is sleeping peacefully. Eventually Billie's body has to be taken away and distraught Carol has to say her last goodbyes to him.
Later the Police turn up and question the family on whether there was any drugs or alcohol involved.
It is not long until Carol's grief becomes anger and she is looking for someone to blame.
When her niece Lauren, who is the one who provided the spirits, starts to laugh nervously to herself, Carol lets out all her anger on her and promptly kicks Lauren out of the house.
Max steps in and shouts at carol "Lauren didn't kill your son he drank himself to death. Where did he learn to do that Carol? In the army. Why was he in the army? To get away from you, He couldn't stand you, So if anyone killed him Carol, it's you.".
An upset Carol leaves the house and then has the sad task of telling Billie's Dad Alan, but when the grieving Dad turns up on the square Carol can't face him and hides herself away.
Later on, Carol visits Dad Jim and when he looks her in the eye and tells Carol that he is always there for her Carol breaks down and finally grieves the loss of her son. meanwhile Lauren admits to sister Abby that she was in fact the last person to see Billie alive.
Later on Billie's Sergent drops off Billies personal items and passes on the Army's condolences, soon after while looking through Billie's box of personal belongings, Carol stumbles across his laptop where she finds a video clip of Billie and friend Connor singing about their Mothers. At the end of the song, Billie says Carol should fall over and die which understandably leaves Carol devastated.
While all this is going on a grieving Bianca finds out that randy neighbour Kim Fox snogged hubby Ricky at Billie's birthday bash.
Bianca Sees her on the square and vents all her rage on to a shocked Kim, but once she has calmed down she realises Ricky's kiss with the neighbour was nothing and decides to have a cup of tea with Kim and try to make amends.
When Kim offers Bianca support over the death of her brother, the two begin to bond and scrap the tea and opt for a bottle of rum instead but the drinking session infuriates Mum Carol after just losing her son to the dreaded drink.
Meanwhile, Whitney is also grief stricken at losing the love of her life, and even more so when she finds a text message from him saying he still loves her.
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Who Was Billie Jackson in Eastenders?
Devon Anderson played the role of Billie Jackson from 1993 to 1997.
He reprised the role of Billie Jackson in 2009 until 2010 when he was killed off in a binge drinking storyline.
Billie Jackson was the son of Carol and Alan Jackson, younger brother to Bianca, Robbie and Sonia, Grandson to Blossom Jackson, and Jim and Dot Branning, Nephew to Max Branning and Jack Branning, and Cousin to Lauren & Abi Branning, Bex Fowler and Amy Mitchell.
Christmas Day 1996, a young Billie is upset that his parents have separated and wont be spending Christmas together. Billie runs away from home and has all the residents out searching for him. Billie is later found hiding in an abandoned building.
In 1997, Billie and his Grandmother Blossom are at the Building Society when an armed robbery takes place, Billie witnesses a man being shot and killed and is the only person to have seen the men without their masks on.
Billie points the men out in a Police line-up which leads to their arrest. While awaiting the court trial, Billie and his family are intimidated by the gang, this quickly gets worse when Billie is kidnapped from school and thrown into the back of a van.
After days of not knowing where Billie was or if he was alive or dead, the police manage to find him safe, and the Jackson family are put into witness protection.
The Jackson family leave the square in October 1997.
Billie returns to Walford in 2004 for his Sister, Bianca's wedding and later moves back, along with his Mother after the death of his cousin Bradley.
Billie begins dating Bianca's adopted daughter, Whitney and it is soon revealed that Billie is part of a gang, and has been hiding a gun in the house.
Later, after a robbery at The Queen Vic Pub goes awry, Billie tells his gang members that he no longer wants to be involved with them.
Gang member Kylie, takes revenge on Billie, and attempts to shoot him, but shoots his Uncle Jack instead.
With Jack seriously ill in hospital, Billie makes the decision to join the army and turn his life around. Whitney agrees to wait for Billie while he is away on training.
After training, Billie returns to tell Whitney that he is dating a girl from the army, and ends things with Whitney, which results in a fight with her brother, Ryan.
In October 2010, Billie Jackson dies after binge drinking at his 22nd Birthday party. Whitney later discovers a text message from Billie that says he loves her and wants them to make a go of things.
Billie's family and friends say their final goodbyes at his funeral on the 29th October 2010.
© 2010 Zoey