EastEnders leaves viewers heartbroken after revealing iconic character died off-screen
EASTENDERS left viewers distraught tonight when it was revealed that Robbie Jackson’s beloved dog Wellard II is dead.
And to add to the upset the terrible news came completely out the blue.
Sonia was sitting with Dot in hospital when she asked about Robbie’s dog, leading Sonia to reply. “Oh no, he lost Wellard II a while back!”
“Oh no, did he?” responded Dot.
Then, clearly not sensing the mood of the nation, Sonia tried to compare Wellard II to Dave the cat, telling her: “No competition for Dave though, is he?”
The original Wellard owned by Dean Gaffney’s Robbie first appeared on screens on 18 October 1994 and was EastEnders’ longest-serving pet until he was put down after suffering food poisoning from eating chocolate on 15 August 2008.
His successor Wellard II hit screens on 2 October 2015 when Robbie made a brief return to the soap.
However when the actor returned permanently this year the beloved pooch was nowhere to be seen.
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The revelation left viewers very upset, one wrote: “As if they didn’t try to make Robbie unlikeable enough, they’ve now revealed he’s careless with his pets. Poor Wellard II #Eastenders”
Another demanded: “It’s not right Robbie being back on the Square without a dog. Bring on Wellard the Third! #Eastenders”
And a third put: “Aww I miss wellard #eastenders”
Meanwhile actor Dean seemed unbothered by his loss and was filmed and tweeted by a fan partying tonight.
Dean Gaffney seen partying after EastEnders reveals that dog Wellard has died