DEVASTATING health news was given to Alfie Moon as he was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.
But following his surgery, planned to give him a chance against the illness, the EastEnders favourite decides to skip town next week.
BBC One viewers have been suspecting Alfie Moon will be leaving Albert Square after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Just as speculated by fans of the London-based program, the long-standing character portrayed by Shane Richie is indeed due for an impromptu departure after undergoing surgery.
It all begins as his son Tommy Moon (played by Sonny Kendall) gets ready for his debut fight after turning to boxing in the midst of a behavioural crisis which showed him lashing out physically once again.
However, the young lad is fretting about Alfie turning up to watch.
Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) tries to reassure the schoolboy and promises Alfie will be there.
The Walford tough man has done all he can to support Alfie, despite their love rivalry over Kat Slater.
He goes to the hospital to bring Alfie to The Boxing Den but once he gets there, Phil is shocked to see Alfie’s in bad shape following his operation.
Alfie then tells Phil he needs to recuperate in Spain – how will the latter react?
This remains to be seen but Phil later returns home and frets about breaking the news to Tommy, unaware that he’s overheard it all.
Angry and hurt, Tommy lashes out at Phil and calls him a liar.
How can Phil help keep Tommy’s behaviour under control?
In later scenes, Phil asks Vic resident and former boxing star George Knight (Colin Salmon) to give Tommy boxing lessons.
Kat (Jessie Wallace) tries to reassure Tommy that Alfie will be back, but having been hurt so many times before, the youngster doesn’t believe her.
Alfie has been an absent father during most of his three kids’ lives but will he ever be able to make up for all the lost time?
EastEnders airs from Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.