HOLLYOAKS' David Easter has revealed he's had a 20-year battle with clinical depression.
The actor, 60, whose soap character Mac Nightingale was killed off this week, shared the news with fans in a Twitter video after thanking them for their support over his Hollyoaks exit.
He said: "I apologise for some of my tweets. I suffer from clinical depression. I was diagnosed 20 years ago – it's a battle.
"It's a battle I'm going to win, it's a war I'm going to win.
"I would love everyone to know that employers have to do a lot more for people with any disability, mental and physical.
"You've got to do more. Embrace it more, care about it more and love more. Because with love you can do anything."
David's final scenes aired on Hollyoaks' E4 episode on Wednesday and he thanked production company Lime Pictures for the "brilliant" stories he's had.
He added: "I've had so many messages of love and support as the character and as David. I love each and every one of you for it.
"I'm just blown away by it.
"Thank you to everyone at Lime, I miss you. Thank you for all the storylines I've had, which have been brilliant."
David has confirmed he has left the Channel 4 soap forever, despite admitting it would be a "very good idea" for him to return to the village as Mac's "evil twin".
He said: "Mac had to go, it was the end of my time. I couldn't do anymore.
"It's right to leave the show, and I won't be back.
"There will be no ghosts, no evil twin, although that's a very good idea. But it's never going to happen."
Mac was bumped off by serial killer Breda McQueen, who is played by Moya Brady, after she poisoned his lasagne, and he praised the "magical" actress for being "so amazing" in his final scenes.
He added: "I want to thank Moya for being so amazing in killing me off.
"It was a fantastic scene and she's such a lovely, funny lady. I love her. She's magical."
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