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Home and Away heartbreak: Billie weds VJ after learning she hasn't long to live

Home and Away, Billie Ashford

Billie is told her condition is terminal. VJ proposes and the couple get married before sharing her last moments together on the beach, where the new mum dies.

Having collapsed at her baby's blessing, new mum Billie (Tessa de Josselin) is in hospital in Home and Away. But as Tori (Penny McNamee) and Nate (Kyle Pryor) run tests, they soon discover Billie's condition is terminal. VJ (Matthew Little) and Ash (George Mason) are left utterly devastated by the news. While Ash flies into a bitter rage, VJ is forced to accept his hopes and dreams of a future with Billie and baby Luc aren't going to happen. VJ soon realises, however, there's one thing the couple can do: get married.

As their loved ones gather in hospital, Billie and VJ exchange vows. Later, Billie persuades reluctant VJ to take her to the beach so they can share one final sunrise together. There, she dies in VJ's arms.

Home and Away, Billie Ashford

Home and Away, Billie Ashford

Home and Away, Billie Ashford

Home and Away, Billie Ashford

Billie Ashford, Ash Ashford

Her brother Ash is horrified and refuses to accept the prognosis.

Her brother Ash is horrified and refuses to accept the prognosis.

Billie Ashford, Ash Ashford

As Billie apologises for all she's put her brother through, Ash tells her to stop talking as if this is the end. But Billie points out, it is the end.

As Billie apologises for all she's put her brother through, Ash tells her to stop talking as if this is the end. But Billie points out, it is the end.

Zac Macguire, Leah Patterson-Baker

Zac and Leah are told the terrible news about Billie.

Zac and Leah are told the terrible news about Billie.

Billie Ashford, VJ Patterson

VJ decides he must marry Billie immediately and is thrilled when she accepts his proposal.

VJ decides he must marry Billie immediately and is thrilled when she accepts his proposal.

Billie Ashford, VJ Patterson

In hospital, Billie and VJ's friends and family gather.

In hospital, Billie and VJ's friends and family gather.

Billie Ashford, VJ Patterson

After the couple exchange vows, they're pronounced man and wife!

After the couple exchange vows, they're pronounced man and wife!

Billie Ashford, VJ Patterson

VJ is thrilled to have married Billie…

VJ is thrilled to have married Billie…

Billie Ashford, VJ Patterson

… VJ kisses his bride!

… VJ kisses his bride!

Billie Ashford, VJ Patterson

The newlywed couple don't have long together. But before they share a tender farewell alone together on the beach, Billie has a few goodbyes to make…

The newlywed couple don't have long together. But before they share a tender farewell alone together on the beach, Billie has a few goodbyes to make…

Ash Ashford, Billie Ashford

Ash is devastated to know he's losing his sister.

Ash is devastated to know he's losing his sister.

Leah Patterson-Baker, Billie Ashford

New mother-in-law Leah tenderly kisses Billie. It will be their last embrace. RIP Billie… Watch Home and Away on C5 from Monday 3 April.

New mother-in-law Leah tenderly kisses Billie. It will be their last embrace. RIP Billie… Watch Home and Away on C5 from Monday 3 April.