Home and Away character Charlie Buckton has died in the latest episode to air in Australia.
Charlie passed away in hospital after her daughter Ruby (Rebecca Breeds) and lover Brax (Steve Peacocke) agreed that her ventilator should be turned off as there was nothing more that doctors could do for her.
The former police officer had been shot by vengeful Jake Pirovic (Fletcher Humphrys) in the soap's 2011 season finale, but firm details of her exit scenes had been kept under wraps until transmission.
Following advice from doctors, Ruby realised that it was time to let Charlie go as she was only being kept alive by a machine.
Bad boy Brax initially struggled to accept the teenager's decision, holing himself up in Charlie's hospital room with a gun so that she couldn't be taken away from him.
However, following some wise words from his younger brother Casey (Lincoln Younes), Brax finally saw sense and sat with Ruby as Charlie's life support was turned off.
Fans in Australia will see Charlie's funeral in the next episode to air on Network Seven.
Esther Anderson, who played the role of Charlie, filmed her final Home and Away scenes last August and is now hoping to secure work in LA.
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