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EastEnders legend June Brown has been told by doctors to keep smoking

File photo dated 2/25/97 of June Brown, who plays the long-suffering, busy Dot Cotton. June Brown, best known for her role as chain smoker Dot Cotton, has died at the age of 95, the BBC said. The actress died on Sunday evening with her family at her side at her home in Surrey. PA photo. Issue date: Monday April 4, 2022. See PA story DEATH Brown. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

June portrayed Dot Cotton between 1985 and 2020 (Image: PA)

EastEnders icon June Brown has been advised by doctors to keep smoking, according to co-star John Altman.

John, who played the evil Nick Cotton, revealed back in 2020 that June, who portrayed chain-smoking Dot on the show, was still smoking ten cigarettes a day.

June, who had smoked for around 70 years, tried to quit in 2019 but was later advised against it.

“Unfortunately, she still smokes, but the doctors told her not to stop now,” John said at the time.

“She loves her Ziggies. She smokes at least ten a day.”

June left EastEnders in 2020 and made a permanent appearance in January of the same year after Dot came to believe Martin Fowler had stolen her money.

In reality it was Sonya.

TV Program: EastEnders with June Brown as Dot Cotton. 5027716-eastenders-1999-dot.jpg

Dot became one of the soap’s most recognizable characters (Picture: BBC)

It was confirmed earlier today that June died at her home in Surrey on Sunday night aged 95 with her family by her side, with a spokesman for EastEnders paying tribute to the legendary actress.

A statement read today: “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 sense of humor will never be forgotten.

“June has created one of the most iconic characters in Dot Cotton, not just on the soap opera but on British television, and having appeared in 2,884 episodes, June’s remarkable performances have created some of EastEnders’ finest moments.”

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