"Trash" falls from a window in February 1973, the first on-screen death in Emmerdale

A list of all character deaths that have featured in Emmerdale's storylines, totalling to 187 deaths. These range from murders to manslaughters, crashes to hit-and-runs, disasters and suicides. The deaths listed include regular and guest characters, as well as characters that have been mentioned to have died some point post-October 1972. For example, Frank Tate's wife Jean Tate Sr. was mentioned at times between 1989 and 1997, but not seen, and died in 1984.

A regular character is usually killed off if the actor has passed away in real life, whilst their character is still appearing on-screen. For example, Arthur Pentelow passed away in August 1991, and his character Henry Wilks was killed off in October 1991. Sometimes, a character isn't killed off even if the actor playing them has died in real life. For example, Ronald Magill died in 2007, but his character Amos Brearly hasn't been worded dead.

Emmerdale has been noted for its frequent and dramatic deaths. As a matter of fact, Emmerdale's first episode began with the funeral of Jacob Sugden. A plane crash in December 1993 that killed all the two-hundred and fifty passengers and nine characters on the ground was watched by 17 million viewers, and doubled subsequent ratings. Despite the fact there were a total of 259 deaths in the Plane Crash, only characters that have been named appear on the list and count towards the total.

On-screen deaths

No. Date Character Cause
19th February 1973 Ian 'Trash' McIntyre Fell from second-storey window
12th April 1979 Unknown Man Hit by a motorbike driven by Smarty Garret and Poor Ocker
6th May 1980 Harry Moore Heart attack
19th February 1981 Enoch Tolly Crushed after flipping his tractor
28th January 1986 Harry Mowlam Drowned after being viciously assaulted by Derek Warner
26th August 1986 Pat Sugden Car accident
5th November 1987 Mr. Metcalfe Heart attack
6th July 1989 Denis Rigg Gored by a bull
16th August 1989 Jackie Merrick Accidental gunshot wound
16th August 1990 Pete Whiteley Injuries sustained after being run over by Kate Sugden
30th December 1993 Archie Brooks Incinerated by a fireball during the plane crash
30th December 1993 Leonard Kempinski Car accident during the plane crash
31st May 1994 Simmy Shot by Reg Dawson
7th June 1994 Shirley Turner Accidentally shot by Reg Dawson
7th June 1994 Reg Dawson Shot by a police marksman
9th August 1994 Ben Dingle Heart defect
1st August 1995 Luke McAllister Van explosion
11th April 1996 Jeremy 'Jed' Connell Shot by Nick Bates
26th December 1996 Dave Glover Injuries sustained from a fire at Home Farm
27th May 1997 Frank Tate Heart attack
21st October 1997 Linda Fowler Car accident caused by Alex Oakwell
20th November 1998 Lord Alex Oakwell Fell off a roof
25th December 1998 Vic Windsor Head injuries sustained after falling against a fridge cabinet during robbery
11th May 1999 Rachel Hughes Pushed off a cliff by Graham Clark
11th November 1999 Liam Hammond Shot by Zoe Tate
18th February 2000 Graham Clark Car explosion after accidentally driving off a cliff
20th March 2000 Pete Collins Bus crash
20th March 2000 Patricia Holmes Bus crash
20th March 2000 Bob Simmons Bus crash
24th March 2000 Butch Dingle Injuries sustained from the bus crash
16th November 2000 Sarah Sugden Barn explosion caused by Andy Sugden
10th September 2001 Barbara Strickland Run over by Marc Reynolds
9th September 2002 Harry Partridge Heart attack
22nd November 2002 DC Adrien Collins Car accident
22nd November 2002 Angie Reynolds Car accident
17th December 2002 Jedediah Dingle Natural causes
26th December 2002 Ray Mullan Broken neck from falling down stairs after being struck in self-defence by Louise Appleton
17th September 2003 Chris Tate Suicide by poisoning himself
8th January 2004 Tricia Dingle Internal injuries sustained from being crushed by falling bricks during the storm
6th July 2004 Paul Marsden Fell off scaffolding
24th November 2004 Roger Dyson Heart attack
17th March 2005 Shelley Williams Drowned after falling from a cruise ship
2nd October 2005 Max King Car explosion following a crash
13th April 2006 Terence Turner Fell down stairs after being struck with a fire extinguisher by Adam Forsythe
13th July 2006 Noreen Bell House collapse
14th July 2006 David Brown House collapse
14th July 2006 Dawn Woods Injuries sustained in house collapse
31st July 2006 Alice Dingle Assisted suicide; morphine overdose administered by Sam Dingle
25th December 2006 Tom King Accidentally pushed out of a window by Carl King
17th May 2007 Len Reynolds Heart attack
1st August 2007 Colin McFarlane Natural causes
27th September 2007 DCI Grace Barraclough Run over by a lorry
21st February 2008 Daniel Thomas Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
18th November 2008 Donald De Souza Heart attack
2nd December 2008 Shane Doyle Bludgeoned with a chair leg by Jasmine Thomas
16th December 2008 Matthew King Injuries sustained after being catapulted through van windshield
12th January 2010 Mark Wylde Shot by Natasha Wylde
23rd July 2010 Shadrach Dingle Drowned in The Ford after collapsing due to liver problems
13th January 2011 Viv Hope Post Office explosion caused by Nick Henshall
13th January 2011 Terry Woods Post Office explosion caused by Nick Henshall
17th February 2011 Nick Henshall Suicide by gunshot
7th June 2011 Jackson Walsh Assisted suicide; overdose administered by Aaron Livesy
16th February 2012 John Barton Injuries sustained in a car accident
17th October 2012 Carl King Bludgeoned with a brick by Cameron Murray
25th July 2013 Genesis Walker Suffocated by Cameron Murray
17th October 2013 Cameron Murray Electrocuted after The Woolpack Siege
4th March 2014 Gemma Andrews Head injuries sustained in a fight with Belle Dingle
14th August 2014 Donna Windsor Jumped from a multi-storey car park
14th August 2014 Gary North Fell from multi-storey car park whilst handcuffed to Donna Windsor
25th September 2014 Robbie Lawson Accidentally shot with a flare gun by Declan Macey
5th February 2015 Katie Sugden Fell through rotten floorboards after being pushed by Robert Sugden
4th August 2015 Unknown helicopter pilot Helicopter crash at the village hall
4th August 2015 Ruby Haswell Injuries in stomach from debris after a helicopter crashed into the village hall
4th August 2015 Val Pollard Hit by a falling shard of glass in the mirror maze due to the helicopter explosion at the village hall
3rd September 2015 Suzie Heart attack
11th February 2016 Tess Harris Ran over by Kirin Kotecha
29th September 2016 Holly Barton Heroin overdose
17th October 2016 James Barton Injuries sustained after being accidentally pushed off a bridge by Emma Barton
30th January 2017 Joanie Dingle Cardiac arrest
7th April 2017 Ashley Thomas Pneumonia
3rd October 2017 Finn Barton Cardiac arrest after accidentally being shot by Emma Barton
3rd October 2017 Emma Barton Pushed off the Hotten Viaduct by Moira Dingle
9th November 2017 Amelia Dumphreys Unknown causes - died under the hairdryer in Beauty & Bernice
11th January 2018 Lawrence White Car crash caused by Lachlan White
11th January 2018 Chrissie White Injuries sustained in a car crash caused by Lachlan White
17th May 2018 Gerry Roberts Crushed with a rock by Lachlan White
31st July 2018 (flashback) Cheryl Foster Car explosion following a crash caused by Graham Foster
1st October 2018 Grace Dingle Biateral Renal Agenesis
23rd May 2019 Lisa Dingle Amyloidosis
1st August 2019 Frank Clayton Blast injury from an explosion after being viciously hurled into a van during a fire at the Sharma & Sharma factory caused by Amy and Kerry Wyatt.
20th January 2020 Graham Foster Bludgeoned with a torch by Pierce Harris.
19th August 2020 DI Malone Shot by Dawn Taylor

Off-screen deaths

No. Date Character Cause
30th January 1973 Sharon Crossthwaite Strangled by Jim Latimer
26th March 1973 Mrs Hinton Natural causes
16th July 1973 Peggy Skilbeck Brain haemorrhage
22nd October 1973 Luke Brearly Liver Failure
May 1974 Tom Ratcliffe Unknown causes
20th January 1975 Wally Lumm Pneumonia
13th January 1976 Sam Skilbeck Car accident
13th January 1976 Sally Skilbeck Car accident
13th January 1976 Beattie Dowton Car accident
27th April 1976 Bella Ryland Cancer
1977 Percy Edgar Natural causes
May 1977 George Barrett Unknown causes
21st June 1977 Jim Gimbel Suicide by gunshot
October 1977 Mr Armitage Long-term illness
September 1978 George Verney Natural causes
17th October 1978 Carria Unknown causes
1979 Jack Hathersage Unknown causes
1980 Arthur Brearly Unknown causes
1981 Padraic Flynn Cancer
27th November 1984 Sam Pearson Natural causes
November 1987 Rachel Weiss Unknown causes
24th November 1988 Stephen Fuller Crushed by a falling tree
8th March 1990 Lord Luscomb Heart attack
1st January 1991 Paolo Rosetti Overdose
30th July 1991 Bill Whiteley Natural causes
3rd October 1991 Henry Wilks Heart attack
1992 George Windslow Natural causes
2nd February 1993 Meg Armstrong Stroke
May 1993 Tina Natural causes
16th December 1993 Wally Eagleton Unknown causes
30th December 1993 Mark Hughes Crushed by falling wall in plane crash
30th December 1993 Elizabeth Pollard Struck by falling debris during plane crash
30th December 1993 Unknown baby Plane crash
30th December 1993 Jess Hutchinson Plane crash
30th December 1993 Margaret Hutchinson Plane crash
13th December 1994 Alice Wood Natural causes
6th June 1995 Joe Sugden Car accident
September 1995 Mr Holdgate Unknown causes
22nd August 1996 Granny Hopwood Heart attack
February 1997 Unnamed woman Drowned
8th May 1997 Ron Hudson Huntington's disease
30th July 1997 Kate Sugden Brain haemorrhage
February 2001 Eileen Reynolds Unknown causes
22nd October 2001 Les Taylor Cancer
17th January 2002 Barbara Kirk Natural causes
1st July 2002 Tony Bell Stabbed by Ray Mullan
16th September 2002 Edith Weatherall Natural causes
26th February 2003 Pat Jones Alcohol poisoning
17th August 2004 Fairground Freddie Unknown
30th October 2005 Seth Armstrong Heart attack
27th February 2006 Brian Addyman Car accident
3rd May 2006 Irvin Ward Unknown
12th November 2006 Adam Forsythe Suicide by hanging
3rd September 2007 Mary Barraclough Stroke
25th December 2007 Rosemary King Suicide by gunshot
5th February 2009 Jack Sugden Heart attack
6th August 2010 Yvonne Harding Unknown illness
8th November 2011 Mia Macey Car accident
3rd December 2012 Tracey Suicide
24th December 2012 Alex Moss Murdered by Cameron Murray
28th July 2013 Tom Winchester Carbon monoxide poisoning
28th July 2013 Karen Winchester Carbon monoxide poisoning
24th October 2013 Alan Turner Heart failure
16th July 2015 Hilary Potts Heart problems
3rd May 2016 Edna Birch Ovarian cancer
12th May 2016 Gordon Livesy Suicide by hanging
18th May 2016 Dylan Lung infection
24th April 2018 Lee Overdose
26th April 2018 Ali Spencer Injuries sustained in a car crash
13th July 2018 Paul Tozer Murdered by Lachlan White
October 2018 Swampy Unknown
November 2018 Tracy Shankley Sr. Unknown
September 2019 Rachel Breckle Heart Failiure
26th September 2019 Derek Malone Salmonella poisoning 
15th October 2019 Lee Posner Intracerebral Haemorrhage after being bludgeoned with a shovel by Robert Sugden
5th February 2020 Sandy Thomas Natural causes
August 2020 Annie Sugden Natural causes

Historical deaths

Historical deaths are when a character who has never appeared in Emmerdale or Emmerdale Farm is mentioned to have died months or years after their death has taken place.

No. Date Character Cause
1973 Peter Gibbons Unknown illness
1974 Herbert Ainsworth Unknown causes
1977 Mrs Wylie Unknown causes
14th March 1978 Edward Pollock Stillborn
1982 Raymond Sinclair Suicide by gunshot
1984 Anne Windsor Hit by car
24th December 1984 Jean Tate Sr. Assisted suicide
28th February 1986 Mary King Cancer
15th November 1987 Shirley Pascoe Complications in childbirth
1992 Adam Forsythe Sr. Unknown
19th March 1998 Alison Henshall House fire
c.2004 Sana Kotecha Car accident
2006 Lydia Metcalfe Breast cancer
August 2006 Sally Brannigan Hit and run
2011 Ellen White Cancer
30th September 2012 Billy Hope Sudden Unexplained Infant Death
2013 Kelly Hawkins Ecstasy overdose
2014 Steve Pulmonary embolism

Book deaths

No. Date Character Cause Book
1914 Albert Oldroyd Natural causes Christmas at Emmerdale
November 1914 Bert Clark Shell explosion Christmas at Emmerdale
November 1914 George Kirkby Shell explosion Christmas at Emmerdale
November 1914 Ralph Verney Shell explosion Christmas at Emmerdale
1915 Billy Hutton Killed whilst serving in WWI Christmas at Emmerdale
1915 Alfred Porter Shot in the lung Christmas at Emmerdale
October 1915 Sergeant Donald Injuries sustained whilst serving in WWI Christmas at Emmerdale
17th October 1915 Frank Pickles Killed whilst serving in WWI Christmas at Emmerdale
November 1915 Ava Bainbridge Injuries sustained in The Woolpack blaze started by Levi Dingle Christmas at Emmerdale
1916 Nat Dingle Killed whilst serving in WWI Christmas at Emmerdale
1918 Agatha Tucker Influenza Spring Comes to Emmerdale
June 1918 Bill Colton Influenza Spring Comes to Emmerdale
1918 William Petty Infection Spring Comes to Emmerdale
1918 Arthur Haywood Shot Spring Comes to Emmerdale
1918 Will Hutton Influenza Spring Comes to Emmerdale
16th November 1918 Walter Dinsdale Influenza Spring Comes to Emmerdale
December 1918 Joan Carr Influenza Spring Comes to Emmerdale
1919 Hugo Dawson Asphyxiation from choking on his own blood, caused by influenza Spring Comes to Emmerdale
1941 Edward Sugden Drowned Emmerdale: Their Finest Hour

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