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'Emmerdale' suicide sparks 'long and tragic journey'

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Jackson is thrown when Aaron tells him he loves him

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Emmerdale favourite Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) will embark upon a "long and deeply meaningful journey" after helping his paraplegic lover Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock) to die, the show's producers have stated.

Discussing the aftermath of the ITV1 soap's assisted suicide storyline, Stuart Blackburn and Steve November teased that Aaron, along with Jackson's mother Hazel (Pauline Quirke), will continue to be haunted by the decision to help end his life.

The pair are quoted as saying in a joint interview with Soaplife: "For Hazel and especially Aaron [Jackson's death] is only the start of their story. In the case of Aaron, his is a long and deeply moving journey to the tragic realisation that despite everything he had believed, he and Hazel have ultimately done the wrong thing at the wrong time.

"What Aaron comes to understand is that Jackson had a life worth living and should have been given - despite all his protestations - the time and space to understand this for himself."

Blackburn and November also spoke of their desire to provoke "constructive debate" amongst viewers with the controversial and moving plot.

They said: "We are proud of the way we have tackled this story and it is our hope it will make people think about this sensitive issue. We hope the story will create a constructive debate and our audience will be challenged in a positive way."

Silcock previously declared that "people will remember" Jackson's exit from the show.

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