Benedict Alan "Ben" Dingle was the first member of the Dingle family to appear in Emmerdale. On one August evening in 1994, during a rave, Ben arrived. He nearly mowed down Dave Glover, who was saved by Joe Sugden and this resulted in a fight with Luke McAllister and Biff Fowler. When Ben was throwing fists at Luke, he suddenly collapsed and was pronounced dead. It was later announced that Ben had died of heart defect, but the Dingles refused to believe this however, theorising that the McAllisters had managed to hide evidence, considering that one of the doctors who examined Ben's body was Luke's father. The Dingles continued to cause trouble for Luke and the family until a year later when Luke was killed in a car accident.


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