Mark Darcy dies in Helen Fielding's third Bridget Jones book, Mad About the Boy, according to The Sunday Times.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason came out more than a decade ago and concluded with Darcy proposing to Jones, who was ecstatic and looking forward to marital bliss. The new book reveals that the two did in fact get married and had two children, but Fielding kills Darcy off in the beginning of the book. Jones will be a 51-year-old single mother in the book and while she takes care of the kids and obsesses over her weight, wrinkles, and Twitter followers, she will be starting a romance with a new guy who is only 29 years old.
Fans of the series have been left pretty shocked by the news of Darcy's death.
The book begins much in the same way like the previous ones did: with a diary entry format featuring "3,482 calories (mostly leftovers)" and "texts from toy boy: 0."
Jones is now known as Mrs. Darcy and has two children, Mabel and Billy. She tells people she is 35 and is "working on a debut film script; a modern-day update of a Chekov classic, set in Queen's Park." Her ex-boyfriend Daniel Cleaver, who was played by Hugh Grant in the film adaptations, is mentioned as the "naughty godfather" to her children, who "can be relied upon for babysitting duties and inappropriate sexual advances towards their mother."
In the film adaptations, Renee Zellweger played Jones' character and Colin Firth portrayed Darcy. Fielding's first book, Bridget Jones's Diary, was published in 1996 and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason was released in 1999.
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