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Max has set up the GoFundMe page to raise money for Luke’s funeral and memorial (Picture: BBC)

EastEnders star Max Bowden has urged people to talk to someone after losing his friend to suicide.

Max, who plays Ben Mitchell in the BBC One soap, shared the news of Luke’s passing on social media this week.

He wrote on his Instagram stories: ‘Heart’s in bits right now. Lukey, will always love you my bro’.

Today (June 11), Max shared a GoFundMe link on his Twitter asking people to donate to the fundraiser he’s set up for Luke’s funeral and memorial.

Any expenses after will be donated to the mental health charity MIND.

He wrote on his social media platform: ‘Would really appreciate any donation big or small. Lost another one of my oldest friends to suicide. For f**k sake talk to each other. This year has been awful. You’re loved. Stick in there. All my love. M’.

The message on the GoFundMe page reads: ‘On Sunday 6th June we very sadly lost our Luke Goodings to depression, something none of us foresaw coming. It has ripped us apart inside out, and we want to be able to celebrate his life as beautifully as we can.

‘In the current state of the world, a funeral is a huge expense and we want to give him the send off he would have endeavoured to give any of us if he was here.

‘We have set up this GoFundMe page to help raise funeral costs, and any expenses after will be given to the charity MIND, who are a beacon of light to those suffering with depression.’

It continues: ‘Luke was generally the loudest and brightest spark in the room, which makes it all the more confusing how he felt the way he did. A fiercely loyal friend, brother and boyfriend, Luke always put everyone else first, even when it got him into trouble.

‘We’d really like to give Luke the send off he deserves, but understand how difficult that is to do right now, so we need all the help we can get. Any donation no matter how big or small will really help to give this wonderful man a beautiful send off, and put him to rest in perfect peace. Lots of love and thanks from the family: Tracey, Josh, Kirk, Declan, Gianni, Daniela’.

In the short period of time this GoFundMe page has been set up, it’s already received £200 in donations. It’s goal is £6,000.

You can donate to the fundraiser here.

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