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21st Sep '17 1:04:56 PM KagSwirby
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* Doc Hudson is the only character from the film ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' that did not appear in the film's sequel out of respect for the late Creator/PaulNewman. According to the writers, Doc is the first character in the series to be killed off permanently, as implied by the fact that his former medical clinic has been converted into a memorial museum dedicated to this character, as with the trophy Lightning [=McQueen=] wins at the very beginning of the film. Fillmore, however, was [[TheOtherDarrin given a new voice actor]] for this film due to the death of Creator/GeorgeCarlin, and Red actually lost his voice altogether due to the death of [[Creator/PixarRegulars Joe Ranft]]. But then again, Red never talked all that much.

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* Doc Hudson is the only character from the film ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' that did not appear in the film's sequel out of respect for the late Creator/PaulNewman. According to the writers, Doc is the first character in the series to be killed off permanently, as implied by the fact that his former medical clinic has been converted into a memorial museum dedicated to this character, as with the trophy Lightning [=McQueen=] wins at the very beginning of the film. In the third film he appeared in flashbacks using unused dialogue from the first film.
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Fillmore, however, was [[TheOtherDarrin given a new voice actor]] for this film due to the death of Creator/GeorgeCarlin, and Red actually lost his voice altogether due to the death of [[Creator/PixarRegulars Joe Ranft]]. But then again, Red never talked all that much.
11th Sep '17 7:53:34 PM LadyNorbert
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->'''Big Bird:''' Oh, yeah. I remember! Well, I'll give it to him when he comes back.

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->'''Big Bird:''' Oh, yeah. I hoI remember! Well, I'll give it to him when he comes back.



* ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'': When Dan Blocker unexpectedly died prior to the start of the 1972-1973 season, his character of Hoss Cartwright is never seen again. It is never stated outright, but it is strongly implied that Hoss, too, died ... particularly with Ben's comments in the episode "The Initiation," where he says, "I've already buried one son!"

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* ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'': When Dan Blocker unexpectedly died prior to the start of the 1972-1973 season, his character of Hoss Cartwright is never seen again. It is never stated outright, but it is strongly implied that Hoss, too, died ...died... particularly with Ben's comments in the episode "The Initiation," where he says, "I've already buried one son!"



** Ritter's character on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Sam Dorian, main character J.D.'s father. The reason given for his death was a massive heart attack.

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** Ritter's character on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Sam Dorian, was main character J.D.'s father. The reason given for his death was a massive heart attack.



** Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, as stated in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong The Wedding of River Song]]". In fact, by way of tribute to the only actor to in some form act alongside all seven original series Doctors, the fact that The Character Died With Him is a crucial plot point in the episode -- it is the Brigadier's death that gets the Doctor to stop running and face his fate in Utah. The character has since been mentioned a few times, the Brigadier's legacy upheld by his daughter, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, a leader in UNIT just like her father. The Brig is unusual about this, in that he technically outlived his actors by years, but were still established as dead years down the line - the Brigadier apparently lived to the ripe old age of ''150'', decades longer than Nicholas Courtney. This is justified thanks to the TimeTravel aspect of having the Doctor learn directly of their deaths later on and reeling from them. [[spoiler:The character, however, briefly came back as a Cyberman in the last minutes of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven Death in Heaven]]".]]

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** Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, as stated in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong The Wedding of River Song]]". In fact, by way of tribute to the only actor to in some form act alongside all seven original series Doctors, the fact that The Character Died With Him is a crucial plot point in the episode -- it is the Brigadier's death that gets the Doctor to stop running and face his fate in Utah. The character has since been mentioned a few times, the Brigadier's legacy upheld by his daughter, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, a leader in UNIT just like her father. The Brig is unusual about this, in that he technically outlived his actors by years, but were still established as dead years down the line - line; the Brigadier apparently lived to the ripe old age of ''150'', decades longer than Nicholas Courtney. This is justified thanks to the TimeTravel aspect of having the Doctor learn directly of their deaths later on and reeling from them. [[spoiler:The character, however, briefly came back as a Cyberman in the last minutes of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven Death in Heaven]]".]]



** Often erroneously applied to Sarah Jane Smith. Although ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' was cancelled due to the death of actress Elisabeth Sladen, to date there has been no on-screen indication that the character has also died, thus CharacterOutlivesActor more correctly applies. Creator/RussellTDavies specifically rejected the idea of depicting the character's death in canon when an interviewer brought it up, and despite his history as a LyingCreator the franchise has kept to it.

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** Often erroneously applied to Sarah Jane Smith. Although ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' was cancelled due to the death of actress Elisabeth Sladen, to date there has been no on-screen indication that the character has also died, thus CharacterOutlivesActor more correctly applies. Creator/RussellTDavies specifically rejected the idea of depicting the character's death in canon when an interviewer brought it up, and despite his history as a LyingCreator LyingCreator, the franchise has kept to it.



* Creator/DonSDavis, General Hammond on ''Series/StargateSG1'' for 7 seasons, died a few years after he officially retired from the show. In the series finale of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', which is dedicated to Davis' memory, Carter mentions that Hammond had [[BusCrash died of a heart attack off-screen]], directly referencing Davis' actual cause of death. She also mentions that Earth's newest interstellar warship, then under construction, would be renamed in his honor. The completed ship later appears in the premiere episode of ''Series/StargateUniverse''.

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* Creator/DonSDavis, General Hammond on ''Series/StargateSG1'' for 7 seasons, died a few years after he officially retired from the show. In the series finale of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', which is dedicated to Davis' Davis's memory, Carter mentions that Hammond had [[BusCrash died of a heart attack off-screen]], directly referencing Davis' actual cause of death. She also mentions that Earth's newest interstellar warship, then under construction, would be renamed in his honor. The completed ship later appears in the premiere episode of ''Series/StargateUniverse''.



** Dewhurst's character on ''Series/MurphyBrown'', Avery Brown, mother of Murphy, dies. It occurred early in the season where Murphy becomes pregnant. Murphy's son was named Avery in her memory.

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** Dewhurst's character on ''Series/MurphyBrown'', Avery Brown, mother of Murphy, dies. It occurred dies early in the season where Murphy becomes pregnant. Murphy's son was is named Avery in her memory.



** Original cast member Selma Diamond, who played [[TheDanza bailiff Selma]], died after the first two seasons so her character was also written off as deceased.
** The succeeding bailiff was Florence, played by Florence Halop; but Halop passed away after one season and thus her character shared the same fate. Not surprising considering the ages of both actresses. In fact, there were whispers and jokes that both actresses had fallen prey to some sort of "Night Court curse" and this is said to be one of the reasons that series creator and executive producer Reinhold Weege decided not to bring in a third elderly actress and instead replaced Halop with Marsha Warfield, who was only 32 when she began playing Roz Russell. The producers knew Florence Halop would not be around for Season 4; the ep "Flo's Retirement" was their way of prepping viewers for this.
* In [[SoapOpera a soap opera]] this is one of the only occasions when you know a character is NOT coming back from the dead (regardless of whether [[NeverFoundTheBody they ever found the body]]), although this is usually reserved for elderly actors who have played the role for so long that it would be impossible, if not outright disrespectful, to re-cast the part.
** A very touching example occurred on ''Series/OneLifeToLive''. NYPD officer John W. Perry had frequently appeared on the show as an extra before he was killed in the September 11th attacks. A year later, Commissioner Bo Buchanan was seen looking at John's picture and sadly musing, "I can't believe it's been a year" (in a scene that evidently did not require much acting on the part of Bo's actor, Robert Woods). The in-universe story was that Perry had been ''visiting'' New York on that day (the show is set in Pennsylvania), but had died as he had in RealLife--[[HeroicSacrifice rushing down to the Trade Center to help, but killed when the South Tower collapsed]]. It was very well-handled, especially for an entertainment genre that had struggled over how or if to acknowledge the tragedy onscreen.
** On ''Series/GeneralHospital'', Anna Lee died in 2004, and her character, Lila Quartermaine, was killed off. John Ingle, who played her husband, died of cancer in September 2012, and so his character Edward Quartermaine died of a heart condition (his last word before passing: [[TearJerker The name of his beloved wife, Lila]]).

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** Original cast member Selma Diamond, who played [[TheDanza bailiff Selma]], died after the first two seasons seasons, so her character was also written off as deceased.
** The succeeding bailiff was Florence, played by Florence Halop; but Halop passed away after one season and thus her character shared the same fate. Not surprising It wasn't all that surprising, considering the ages of both actresses. In fact, there were whispers and jokes that both actresses had fallen prey to some sort of "Night Court curse" curse," and this is said to be one of the reasons that series creator and executive producer Reinhold Weege decided not to bring in a third elderly actress and instead replaced Halop with Marsha Warfield, who was only 32 when she began playing Roz Russell. The In fact, the producers knew Florence Halop would not be around for Season 4; the ep "Flo's Retirement" was their way of prepping preparing viewers for this.
* In [[SoapOpera a soap opera]] {{soap opera}}, this is one of the only occasions when you know a character is NOT ''not'' coming back from the dead (regardless of whether [[NeverFoundTheBody they ever found the body]]), although this is usually reserved for elderly actors who have played the role for so long that it would be impossible, if not outright disrespectful, to re-cast the part.
** A very touching example occurred on ''Series/OneLifeToLive''. NYPD officer John W. Perry had frequently appeared on the show as an extra before he was killed in the September 11th attacks. A year later, Commissioner Bo Buchanan was seen looking at John's picture and sadly musing, "I can't believe it's been a year" (in a scene that evidently did not require much acting on the part of Bo's actor, Robert Woods). The in-universe story was that Perry had been ''visiting'' New York on that day (the show is set in Pennsylvania), but had died as he had in RealLife--[[HeroicSacrifice rushing down to the Trade Center to help, but and killed when the South Tower collapsed]]. It was very well-handled, especially for an entertainment genre that had struggled over how or if to acknowledge the tragedy onscreen.
** On ''Series/GeneralHospital'', Anna Lee died in 2004, and her character, Lila Quartermaine, was killed off. John Ingle, who played her husband, died of cancer in September 2012, and so his character Edward Quartermaine died of a heart condition (his condition. (His last word before passing: [[TearJerker The the name of his beloved wife, Lila]]).Lila.]])



** Then there's ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Erica's mother Mona developed lung cancer the same time that her actress, Frances Helfin did, and later succumbed to it.

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** Then there's ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Erica's On ''Series/AllMyChildren'', Erica Kane's mother Mona developed lung cancer the same time that as her actress, Frances Helfin did, Helfin, and later succumbed to it.



* ''[[Series/BoyMeetsWorld Boy]][=/=]Series/GirlMeetsWorld'': Julius Carry, the actor who played Angela's father during the final season of ''BMW'' in 1999-2000, died in 2008. In 2015, When Angela returned in ''Girl'', she would reveal that her father has also died, roughly around 2011.

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* ''[[Series/BoyMeetsWorld Boy]][=/=]Series/GirlMeetsWorld'': Julius Carry, the actor who played Angela's father during the final season of ''BMW'' in 1999-2000, died in 2008. In 2015, When Angela returned returns in ''Girl'', she would reveal reveals that her father has also died, roughly around 2011.



* A rare non-actor version of this once occurred in the classic adventure strip ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates''. The [[DeadpanSnarker wisecracking]] AcePilot Dude Hennick was based on a RealLife friend of ''Terry's'' creator, Milton Caniff, named Frank Higgs. Higgs, like Dude, flew on relief efforts for wartorn China in the years leading up America's entry into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Dude had not been seen on the strip in years when, on a Christmas Day, 1945 strip, Caniff spoke directly to the reader, revealing Dude had been based on Higgs... and that Higgs died in a plane crash. "I know today you're [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII probably thinking of your own 'good Joe' who didn't get to see this Christmas]], but if you liked Dude, I hope you'll spare a thought for Higgs. Dude died when he did."
* Invoked but ultimately averted with ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'s Uncle Duke after the death of Creator/HunterSThompson. When [[http://doonesbury.slate.com/strip/archive/2005/3/8 Duke reads the news]] of Thompson's passing, his head immediately explodes, only to reappear so that he can make sure he didn't misread the story. After Duke confirms the story, his head promptly explodes again. For the remainder of that week, Duke descends into a bizarre, probably drug-fueled series of Ralph Steadman-inspired hallucinations. Considering [[Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas who was being paid tribute]], this actually seems more appropriate. Ironically, this probably would have pissed Thompson off--he ''[[OtherMeAnnoysMe hated]]'' Uncle Duke.

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* A rare non-actor version of this once occurred in the classic adventure strip ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates''. The [[DeadpanSnarker wisecracking]] AcePilot Dude Hennick was based on a RealLife friend of ''Terry's'' creator, Milton Caniff, named Frank Higgs. Higgs, like Dude, flew on relief efforts for wartorn war-torn China in the years leading up America's entry into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Dude had not been seen on the strip in years when, on a Christmas Day, 1945 strip, Caniff spoke directly to the reader, revealing Dude had been based on Higgs... and that Higgs died in a plane crash. "I know today you're [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII probably thinking of your own 'good Joe' who didn't get to see this Christmas]], but if you liked Dude, I hope you'll spare a thought for Higgs. Dude died when he did."
* Invoked but ultimately averted with ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'s Uncle Duke after the death of Creator/HunterSThompson. When [[http://doonesbury.slate.com/strip/archive/2005/3/8 Duke reads the news]] of Thompson's passing, his head immediately explodes, only to reappear so that he can make sure he didn't misread the story. After Duke confirms the story, his head promptly explodes again. For the remainder of that week, Duke descends into a bizarre, probably drug-fueled series of Ralph Steadman-inspired hallucinations. Considering [[Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas who to whom the tribute was being paid tribute]], paid]], this actually seems more appropriate. Ironically, this probably would have pissed Thompson off--he off; he ''[[OtherMeAnnoysMe hated]]'' Uncle Duke.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Man Who Grew Too Much", Edna Krabappel was stated to have died following the death of Marcia Wallace. After Ned Flanders' dream about him and Edna doing the tango, he looks at the picture of Edna and remarks sadly, "I sure do miss that laugh." Nelson the school bully replies "Ha-ha! [[MoodWhiplash I miss her, too]]." The chalkboard gag at the beginning has a sad Bart somberly staring at the board which says "We'll really miss you Mrs. K."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'' episode "Greener Pastor", Reverend is killed due to the death of his voice actor, Scott Hilley. The TV Guide description for the episode was simply "Scott Hilley dies". The episode also had a memorial slide for him, and Hilley reading the "Made in Georgia" vanity plate, as a final salute.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Man Who Grew Too Much", Much," Edna Krabappel was stated to have died following the death of Marcia Wallace. After Ned Flanders' dream about him and Edna doing the tango, he looks at the picture of Edna and remarks sadly, "I sure do miss that laugh." Nelson the school bully replies "Ha-ha! [[MoodWhiplash I miss her, too]]." The chalkboard gag at the beginning has a sad Bart somberly staring at the board which says "We'll really miss you Mrs. K."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'' episode "Greener Pastor", Pastor," Reverend is killed due to the death of his voice actor, Scott Hilley. The TV Guide description for the episode was simply "Scott Hilley dies". dies." The episode also had a memorial slide for him, and Hilley reading the "Made in Georgia" vanity plate, as a final salute.
27th Aug '17 9:18:00 AM StarTropes
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* On ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', the death of actor Miguel Ferrer also meant the death of his character, Assistant Director Owen Granger.
24th Aug '17 4:58:12 AM C2
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* {{Defied|Trope}} with ''Radio/CarTalk''. Tom Magliozzi died in late 2014 due to complications of Alzheimer's disease, but the show had already gone to an archive format two years earlier due to his failing memory. His brother and co-host Ray and the show's producers plan to keep the show running in perpetuity with a mix of previously aired and unaired material, including clips featuring Tom in every segment.

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* {{Defied|Trope}} with ''Radio/CarTalk''. Tom Magliozzi died in late 2014 due to complications of Alzheimer's disease, but the show had already gone to an archive format two years earlier due to his failing memory. His brother and co-host Ray and the show's producers plan to keep continued the running of the show running in perpetuity with a mix of previously aired and unaired material, including clips featuring Tom in every segment.segment. This version is scheduled to end in September 2017.
17th Aug '17 8:52:45 PM DeepRed
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** When actor Will Lee, who played Mr. Hooper, passed away, the producers were faced with the usual options for dealing with loss on a kids' show: [[TheOtherDarrin cast a new actor]], or [[PutOnABus have the character simply leave the show]] (either with an explanation, such as he retired, or [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome without]]). [[TakeAThirdOption Instead]], ''Sesame Street'' ran an episode where Big Bird understands that [[KilledOffForReal Mr. Hooper had died]], it was OK to miss him, and that even though life would never be quite the same when someone beloved dies, it will get better. In tribute to him, the portrait Big Bird was going to give him still hangs in his nest to this day, more than 30 years later.

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** When actor Will Lee, who played Mr. Hooper, passed away, away in 1982, the producers were faced with the usual options for dealing with loss on a kids' show: [[TheOtherDarrin cast a new actor]], or [[PutOnABus have the character simply leave the show]] (either with an explanation, such as he retired, or [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome without]]). [[TakeAThirdOption Instead]], ''Sesame Street'' ran an episode where Big Bird understands that [[KilledOffForReal Mr. Hooper had died]], it was OK to miss him, and that even though life would never be quite the same when someone beloved dies, it will get better. In tribute to him, the portrait Big Bird was going to give him still hangs in his nest to this day, more than 30 years later.
31st Jul '17 10:31:05 AM Perelandra
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* Creator/KanetoShiozawa's death caused his ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' character Zato-1 to die as well (during a battle with Milla). However they got around actually removing him from the cast by saying Eddie, the parasite granting him his shadow powers and voiced by Creator/TakehitoKoyasu, is now animating his dead body and continues to fight using the same fighting style. Interestingly, he is ruesurrected as part of the plot in ''Xrd'', although it's ultimately justified in that the new Zato [[TookALevelInKindness isn't the villain]] [[HeelFaceTurn he used to be]].

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* Creator/KanetoShiozawa's death caused his ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' character Zato-1 to die as well (during a battle with Milla). However they got around actually removing him from the cast by saying Eddie, the parasite granting him his shadow powers and voiced by Creator/TakehitoKoyasu, is now animating his dead body and continues to fight using the same fighting combat style. Interestingly, Strangely enough, he is ruesurrected resurrected as part of the plot in ''Xrd'', although it's ultimately justified in that the new Zato [[TookALevelInKindness isn't the villain]] [[HeelFaceTurn he used to be]].
31st Jul '17 10:29:23 AM Perelandra
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* Creator/KanetoShiozawa's death caused his ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' character Zato-1 to die as well (during a battle with Milla). However they got around actually removing him from the cast by saying Eddie, the parasite granting him his shadow powers and voiced by Creator/TakehitoKoyasu, is now animating his dead body and continues to fight using the same fighting style.

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* Creator/KanetoShiozawa's death caused his ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' character Zato-1 to die as well (during a battle with Milla). However they got around actually removing him from the cast by saying Eddie, the parasite granting him his shadow powers and voiced by Creator/TakehitoKoyasu, is now animating his dead body and continues to fight using the same fighting style. Interestingly, he is ruesurrected as part of the plot in ''Xrd'', although it's ultimately justified in that the new Zato [[TookALevelInKindness isn't the villain]] [[HeelFaceTurn he used to be]].
27th Jul '17 2:09:43 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': Sadly bound to happen as the result of a 25 year SequelGap, with [[spoiler: Pete Martell and Garland Briggs]] having already been stated as such.

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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': Sadly bound to happen as As ''Series/TwinPeaks'' had a [[SequelGap quarter century]] between the result of a 25 year SequelGap, with [[spoiler: original series and ''[[{{Revival}} The Return]]'', numerous actors had died in the meantime. While some [[CharacterOutlivesActor outlived their actors]], other did not:
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Pete Martell and Alexander Packard's fate was one of numerous LeftHanging, as their last scene has them at apparently killed by an explosion. ''The Secret History of Twin Peaks'', released after the death of both actors, confirmed their deaths.
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Garland Briggs]] having already been stated as such.Briggs, whose actor died in 2008, turns out to have died shortly after the timeframe of the original series. [[PresentAbsence The circumstances turn out to be plot critical.]]
27th Jul '17 1:46:45 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Peter's mother Thelma died following the death of Phyllis Diller.
** On a similar note, Creator/SethMacFarlane plans to retire the character of Peter's boss Angela after the sudden death of Creator/CarrieFisher in late 2016. Her final episode included a dedication to her memory.
** With the death of Creator/AdamWest in June 2017, it seems likely Mayor West will also be retired or killed off.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
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''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Peter's mother Thelma died following the death of Phyllis Diller.
** On a similar note, Creator/SethMacFarlane plans to retire the character of Peter's boss Angela after the sudden death of Creator/CarrieFisher in late 2016. Her final episode included a dedication to her memory.
** With the death of Creator/AdamWest in June 2017, it seems likely Mayor West will also be retired or killed off.
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22nd Jul '17 1:41:48 PM glickmam
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A sad form of RealLifeWritesThePlot and the LogicalExtreme of WrittenInInfirmity: a character is written out of the show or even (and usually) KilledOffForReal because the actor has left [[McLeaned not just the show]], but the mortal coil itself.

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A sad form of RealLifeWritesThePlot and the LogicalExtreme of WrittenInInfirmity: a character is written out of the show or even (and usually) KilledOffForReal because the actor has left [[McLeaned not just the show]], but the mortal coil itself.
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