Shock for Bridget Jones fans as new diary extracts printed
SPOILER alert for Bridget Jones fans and tissues at the ready.
Mark Darcy is dead and the world's most famous singleton has become a widow.
Fifteen years after the last novel in the saga, it turns out unlucky-in-love Bridget married Darcy and gave him two children – only for Fielding to kill the awkward yet successful barrister off.
Heralding the arrival of "chick lit", Bridget Jones's Diary started life as as a newspaper column in 1995.
Portrayed as a stereotypical 1990s London 30-something worried about her weight, smoking and alcohol intake, Bridget struck a chord with women of her generation.
The modern-day heroine's story – loosely based on Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' – was centred around love interests Darcy and her cad boss, Daniel Cleaver.
Her last appearance was in 1999's 'Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason', but readers will now find Bridget as a 51-year-old widow obsessed with wrinkles.
Fielding, who has always denied that the books are autobiographical, is herself a 55-year-old single mother-of-two.
But those who are desperate to find out what happened to the love of her life will have to wait until about 'Mad About The Boy' is published on October 10, as his death will appear in a flashback deep into the book and not be revealed in advance.