Soap Moments 2009: Exits
EastEnders' executive producer Diederick Santer still stands by his decision, though. He recently told DS: "I knew there would be a reaction to Danielle's death - I felt it when we storylined it, when I read the script, when I went on set on the day we filmed it and when I watched the cut. I perhaps didn't perceive that it would upset some people to the extent that it did, but I still believe it was the right outcome."
Their bold exits didn't stop there, however - Trina Johnson (Sharon Duncan-Brewster) subsequently died at the hands of a rake when her husband Lucas (Don Gilet) caused her to fall back on it and pierce her neck, while Owen Turner (Lee Ross) was murdered with a bow tie.
Meanwhile, over in Hollyoaks, bad boy Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas) was killed by a huge falling mirror in The Loft, before Bryan Kirkwood masterminded UK soap's first death by parachute in E4 spinoff Hollyoaks Later.
Click through our gallery below as DS celebrates a year of soap departures.