**This article contains discussion of brain tumours which some readers may find upsetting**

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EastEnders' Lola Pearce (played by Danielle Harold) has been confirmed to die after a battle against a terminal brain tumour.

The BBC soap has been playing out the hard-hitting storyline over the past couple of months, showing different nuances of her journey through her diagnosis and how she has come to terms with it.

It all started when Lola suffered a seizure just days after reuniting with the love of her life, Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick), which was later confirmed to be a symptom of her brain tumour.

Lola has developed to live with her terminal illness, and is determined to make the best of her time with her family, including little Lexi (Isabella Brown).

But with the inevitable on its way, and emotional scenes to come, when exactly will Lola lose her battle?

And why is actress Harold leaving EastEnders? Read on for all we know so far about Lola's fate.

When will Lola die?

Lola looking in a mirror
EastEnders: Danielle Harold as Lola Pearce. (BBC) BBC

Lola faced her diagnosis in scenes that aired in 2022, and she and Jay were distraught as they took in the doctor's words. While she was initially positive about her recovery, it soon became clear she wasn't going to survive this diagnosis.

Past that, Lola had to come to terms with her fate, as she attempted to make plans for what remained of her future - including getting married to Jay.

Speaking about the storyline for the first time, Harold said: "It means so much to be trusted with a storyline like this – one that’s close to many people’s hearts. Sadly many of our viewers will be able to relate to Lola’s story and it’s been heartbreaking to speak to the families affected by brain tumours and hear their stories.

"They’ve been so amazing in sharing their experiences with me, and I’m so lucky to have them. I wouldn’t be able to do this storyline without their support."

It hasn't yet been confirmed when Lola's final episodes will air, but Harold is said to still be filming, so the storyline could play out beyond this year. We'll bring you further updates when we can, so be sure to check this page in the coming weeks if you're in need of prior warning ahead of Lola's exit.

Why is Danielle Harold leaving EastEnders?

Danielle Harold as Lola Pearce in EastEnders
Danielle Harold as Lola Pearce in EastEnders. BBC

Earlier this year, it was rumoured that Lola's fate is part of a 'cast cull' following the arrival of new EastEnders producer Chris Clenshaw. This has not been confirmed, so we are yet to hear whether star Harold chose to quit her role, or whether she has been written out via a team decision.

However, she did discuss her love of the show, as well as her future plans, while chatting to the Daily Star at this year's British Soap Awards.

"EastEnders has been such a big part of my life, but I can't wait to start something new. I want to work on other things and play other characters. I can't wait to get out there and see what's possible. I'd love to do a drama — something with a beginning, middle and an end to the story.

"I want to do something completely different to soaps. I'd love to get back to doing some films as well."

Harold added: "You can't train anywhere better than a soap. It's so fast-paced and the hard work you put in is insane. The actors on soaps are amazing. I couldn't have learned in a better place."

Keep watching EastEnders as Lola's journey begins to unfold on screen.

For information, help and support on matters associated with this storyline, head to Macmillan Cancer Support or Brain Tumour Research.

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