Casualty: Cal is stabbed to death! Actor Richard Winsor exits the BBC1 medical drama

"I hope the Cal fans forgive us," series producer Erika Hossington comments to RadioTimes.com

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Cal Knight has lost his life in tonight’s dramatic episode of Casualty following a showdown with Scott Ellison.

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The Holby medic was brutally stabbed as he tried to stop Scott from carrying out a revenge attack on his brother Ethan.

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Dylan Keogh found his colleague lying bleeding by the entrance to the hospital, but despite efforts by the ED staff to save him, Cal ended up dying from his injuries.

Casualty fans had been told to brace themselves for a death during April and, for a while, it looked as though it would be Lily Chao meeting her maker thanks to a car accident.

But in the end it was Cal who exited after he got caught up in the tensions surrounding the return of the right-wing Ellison family to the BBC1 drama.

After Roy, the head of the clan, unexpectedly died, wife Denise and son Scott pointed the finger of blame at Ethan.

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Knowing that his brother was in danger, Cal faced off against Scott as rain lashed down, only to be knifed during a vicious fight.

Speaking tonight to RadioTimes.com. series producer Erika Hossington said:  “It’s always a huge decision to kill a Casualty favourite and one we never take lightly.

“Cal has been a great character and that is absolutely down to Richard and the wonderful life he breathed into him. His relationship with Ethan, their special bond and their ups and downs have been at the heart of the show for the last 3 years.

“It was so important that Cal had a heroic and emotional farewell, in keeping with his character, but also in relation to his brother Ethan. We were all crying on set when we shot those resus scenes.

“I hope the Cal fans forgive us. His death will cast a shadow over Ethan and the ED for a long time to come. The story doesn’t end here…”

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Cal – who was played by actor and dancer Richard Winsor – has been a regular Casualty cast member for a little over three years, having made his debut back in January 2014.