What happened to Ben Mitchell's boyfriend Paul Coker and how did he die?

A familiar face is returning to Albert Square, and it’s likely to spell problems for Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden).

With things having settled down between him and Callum (Tony Clay), problems arise when Pam Coker (Lin Blakely) returns to Walford.

Ben’s delighted to see her of course, but feels awkward over Callum and plays down their relationship – leaving him understandably upset.

Of course Ben has a strong connection with Pam given his relationship with her grandson Paul, which came to a tragic end with his untimely death in 2016.

But just what did happen to Paul and how did he die?

Here’s what you need to know…

What happened to Ben Mitchell’s boyfriend Paul Coker and how did he die?

Paul – who was the son of the late Laurie Coker and the grandson of Les and Pam – arrived in Albert Square in 2015 following his travels in Turkey.

He initially annoyed Ben after he accidentally knocked over Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold) but then became flirty with him.

Paul ultimately moved in with his grandparents and despite ending up in a love triangle with Ben and Abi Branning – with Ben eventually choosing Paul.

However the pair were torn apart tragically when Paul died during a night out clubbing in Soho.

How did Paul Coker die?

Paul was murdered in a homophobic attack by a gang of four men.

Initially Ian Beale was informed of the tragedy by the police, who at first thought Ben had been killed – but the body was later idenfied as Paul, who had accidentally taken Ben’s jacket as they tried to flee the gang.

Ben was badly injured in the assault – and was left heartbroken as Phil (Steve McFadden) was forced to break the news that Paul had died.

Who played Paul Coker in EastEnders?

Paul was played in the soap by Jonny Labey – who more recently was seen by viewers as a contestant on X Factor: Celebrity.

He was voted out in last weekend’s show despite having wowed the judges with his performances in the live shows.

EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays on BBC One at 8pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.

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