The shock revelation came as extracts of writer Helen Fielding's latest Bridget Jones's Diary, Mad About The Boy, were published.
Fifteen years after the last novel in the saga, it turns out unlucky-in-love Bridget married Darcy and had two children with him - only for Fielding to kill him off.
Heralding the arrival of "chick lit", Bridget Jones's Diary started life as a newspaper column in 1995.
Two bestselling novels followed, as did Hollywood film adaptations starring Renee Zellweger as Bridget.
Portrayed as a typical London thirty-something worried about her weight, smoking and alcohol intake, the character struck a chord with her generation.
Mad About The Boy sees her meet a new 30-year-old boyfriend on Twitter.