Ian Beale leaves Phil Mitchell for dead

Ian Beale refuses to help Phil Mitchell after his love rival collapses with a heart attack

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EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt

Ian Beale

Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) leaves Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) for dead when the 'EastEnders' hardman suffers a heart attack.

Phil - who has battled alcoholism and crack cocaine addiction in the BBC One soap - will be discovered by love rival Ian, after he collapses in the local nightclub. Phil has been blackmailing married Ian for money over his affair with Glenda Mitchell, while also sleeping with her himself.

A source told the Daily Mirror: "Ian follows Phil into the club to give him the money but he walks into Phil and Glenda getting it on. The passion is too much for Phil and he collapses.

"Phil is gasping for air and Glenda is yelling for help. Ian tells her to go and call an ambulance while he waits."

Ian sees Phil's collapse as the perfect way to get rid of his long-time rival and threatens to tell Phil's girlfriend Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) he has been cheating on her and take his son Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe) - who is also Ian's half -brother - to live with him if Phil dies.

The source added: "He then promises to tell Phil's girlfriend Shirley about his affair and take his son Ben to live with him if Phil doesn't make it. Ian then leaves him for dead."

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