Hollyoaks fans in tears as Lily McQueen dies from infected self-harm wound in heartbreaking scenes

HOLLYOAKS fans were left in tears tonight as Lily McQueen tragically died from an infected self-harm wound in heartbreaking scenes.

Her final moments shown in tonight's show touched viewers who praised the soap for the way they handled the tough subject.

Lily – played by 22-year-old Lauren McQueen – died of sepsis after she struggled to stop hurting herself, despite pleas from her friends and family.

One viewer said: "OMG I’m in tears! Such an incredible actress @Lauren_McQueen and you did the storyline justice! Best of luck for the future #Hollyoaks"

Another added: "Can't hold the tears back anymore #Hollyoaks."

Someone else said: "In bloody tears at Lily's death!! So upsetting! #Hollyoaks."

Another commented: "@Lauren_McQueen you’ve been amazing as Lily, I’m in tears watching her/your exit! #Hollyoaks Such an important story to tell and you’ve done it brilliantly, can’t wait to see what you do next! X"

A fan added: "Omg the tears are trickling me watching @Hollyoaks , she choose prince and he never got to hear it from her , my hearts broke #Hollyoaks."

Lily was planning to leave the village with Romeo Quinn but the stress of the situation triggered her self-harming again.

The character had second thoughts about running away, second-guessing whether her ex Prince is her soulmate.

The Sun Online exclusively revealed how Lauren had decided to quit her role as the troubled teenager earlier this month.

Lauren then said in a statement: "I was honoured to be given such a huge story that carried a lot of responsibility.

"Even though it was challenging and emotional I really hope I did it justice and hope it raises a lot of awareness to the audience.

"I hope the storyline makes the audience aware of how serious self-harm is, and that the consequences can be life threatening.

She continued: "Sepsis is actually very common, which many people may not know what the symptoms are, and it’s something that needs to be treated very quickly.

"I hope it opens up a lot of conversations and encourages people to talk and get help if they relate to Lily."

She has played student Lily since January 2017 and has been involved in some of the show's most high profile plots.

Lily's self-harming storyline has been credited with raising awareness of the problem with teenagers across the country.

It recently returned to prominence when she began self-harming after being put under a huge amount of stress in her personal life.

The Channel 4 soap has been working with the UK charity Sepsis Trust to depict the storyline correctly.

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