viewers were left ‘heartbroken’ as the soap paid a ‘beautiful’ tribute to after Monday’s episode.She had passed away aged 95 on Sunday.
The programme concluded with a photo of the actress, who had starred on the show on-and-off between 1985 and 2020, spanning 2,281 episodes.
Following the message, which read: ‘In loving memory of June Brown OBE, MBE.1927 – 2022,’ adoring fans rushed to to share their praise for the late star.
‘I have tears in my eyes’: EastEnders viewers were left ‘heartbroken’ after the BBC soap paid a ‘beautiful’ tribute to June Brown after her death aged 95 on Monday (pictured in 2008)
They wrote: ‘With tears in my eyes I say farewell June Brown, our beloved Dot Branning (née Cotton).R.I.P. June, you will be greatly missed.’
A beautiful heartwarming tribute to you Watching June Brown a walford legend on bbc one now beautiful and legendary June Brown we are missing you sweetheart thank you for all the memories in shows and movies rip angel #EastEnders #DotCotton #JuneBrown #JuneBrownRIP.’
‘@bbceastenders lovely to see a tribute to the lovely #JuneBrown on tonight’s show #DotCotton #EastEnders thinking of all her friends and family at this sad time. Fly high June x.’
‘Beautiful tribute to the legendary June Brown R.I.P sleep tight you beautiful angel #Eastenders.’
Emotional: The programme concluded with a photo of the actress, who had starred on the show on-and-off between 1985 and 2020, spanning 2,281 episodes
‘So sad to see this today!#JuneBrown was an amazing actress and always seemed like she had real charm and character. What a huge loss! #eastenders.
‘What a nice tribute to June brown at the end of tonight’s #EastEnders in loving memory [sad emoji] [broken heart].’
‘Tuned into #Eastenders just in time to see the tribute to June Brown.’
‘RIP to #JuneBrown. You were the heart of Eastenders & with #Babs the pair of you made the program.You were iconic. Rest in Peace wonderful lady.’
Upset: Following the message, which read: ‘In loving memory of June Brown OBE, MBE.1927 – 2022,’ adoring fans rushed to Twitter to share their praise for the late star
‘Heartbroken to hear about the supreme June Brown. She created a true soap icon in Dot Cotton, and I have such wonderful and fun memories of her which I’ll always cherish…including her singing an Ancient Greek prayer to me to explain where my name originated. Rest well, legend!’
For decades Brown was one of the most famous faces on British TV, playing the devout Christian famed on Albert Square for her chain smoking, gossiping and mothering of those in need.
Her relationship with her tearaway son Nasty Nick Cotton, John Altman, who she forgave and forgave for his crimes until she gave up on him and he died after consuming a bad batch of heroin bought for him by his very own mother.
Her loving relationship with Jim Branning, played by John Bardon, would captivate millions, leaving fans in tears as she said goodbye to him following a stroke.
Sad: June led a life that was as dramatic and tragic off-screen as her on-screen character Dot Cotton, as the actress’ death was announced by the BBC on Monday (pictured in 1997)
Brown’s family revealed she died peacefully on Sunday while the BBC urged fans to raise a glass of sweet sherry in her memory.The star still loved a tipple and a cigarette well into her 90s.
An EastEnders spokesman said: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved June Brown, OBE, MBE, sadly passed away last night.
‘There are not enough words to describe how much June was loved and adored by everyone at EastEnders, her loving warmth, wit and great humour will never be forgotten.
Stunning: An EastEnders spokesman said: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved June Brown, OBE, MBE, sadly passed away last night’ (pictured in her youth)
‘June created one of the most iconic characters in Dot Cotton, not just in soap but in British television, and having appeared in 2,884 episodes, June’s remarkable performances created some of EastEnders’ finest moments.
‘We send all our love and deepest sympathies to June’s family and friends.A very bright light has gone out at EastEnders today but we shall all be raising a sweet sherry in June’s memory. Rest in peace, our dearest June. You will never be forgotten.’