DeathIsDramatic. [[TheMusical So is musical theatre.]] Therefore it should come as no surprise that major deaths are often accompanied by a final musical exclamation by the dying character--and frequently another, for extra duet points. Often followed, fittingly enough, by a GriefSong. Sometimes the two even overlap. Frequently a TearJerker or a DarkReprise. In some works can attract KilledMidSentence[=/=]MusicalisInterruptus.

It should be noted that this can describe a song a character sings [[AlmostDeadGuy as he or she dies]], or a song building up to (and ending with) the singing character's death.

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!!Examples:
* "How Glory Goes" from ''Theatre/FloydCollins''.
* "Count To Six and Die" from Music/MarilynManson's ConceptAlbum ''Holy Wood''. However, "The Death Song", from the same album, is not a Death Song.
* "Tell Her I Love Her" from ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'', a duet which is half this and half GriefSong.
* "A Little Fall of Rain", "Come To Me", [[spoiler:"Javert's Suicide"]], and the epilogue from ''Theatre/LesMiserables''.
* "Eva's Final Broadcast" and/or "Lament" (depending on production) from ''Music/{{Evita}}''.
* "Sh'ma" from ''Theatre/{{Parade}}'' could be argued to be this, as Leo is about to die.
* "I Didn't Know I'd Love You So Much" from the film version of ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''.
* The reprise of the titular song in ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'' - but a surprise, as Don Quixote does not know he is dying.
* "I'm Goin' Home" from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', though Frank doesn't die during it, but afterwards, and isn't even aware he's going to be killed until afterwards.
* The reprise of "Somewhere" is [[spoiler:Tony]]'s Death Song in ''Theatre/WestSideStory.'' *sniffle*
* "Some Things Are Meant To Be" from the musical adaptation of ''Literature/LittleWomen'' acts as Beth's Death Song, even though she doesn't actually die at the end. She dies afterwards, off-screen.
* "Mother Earth and Father Time", from the 1973 film of ''Literature/CharlottesWeb''.
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' ends with the title character singing a reprise of [[spoiler:"A Barber And His Wife"]] which is both one of these and a GriefSong given that [[spoiler:he unknowingly killed his wife, who he had spent the entire plot seeking to avenge, because he did not know she was still alive]], just before [[spoiler:Toby uses Sweeney's own razor to slit his throat]].
* "The Mole's Reprise", from ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut''. It's a DarkReprise of the earlier "[[TheSongBeforeTheStorm La Resistance]]".
* Parodied in ''Film/TheBachelor'' when Jimmie notes that Music/MariahCarey's character is singing even while she's dying.
* "Blue" from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. (But we're not quite sure he ''is'' dead...)
* "Farewell at the Foot of the Hill" from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''.
* [[spoiler:Judas's Death]] from ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar''.
* [[spoiler:"It's Just The Gas" for Orin and "Somewhere That's Green (Reprise)" for Audrey]] from ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''. [[spoiler:Two]] other characters die, but they either do not die immediately after a song or die immediately after a song sung by someone else.
* Music/NeilYoung's ''Birds'' has been interpreted as this.
* In ''Theatre/ChildrenOfEden'', Abel sings a few lines of 'The Wasteland' as he dies.
* The Crucifixion from ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}''.
* "The Flesh Failures" from ''Theatre/{{Hair}}'' is [[spoiler:Claude]]'s death song. He even gets a DarkReprise of his IAmSong in.
* "Last Midnight" for The Witch in ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''. Of course, we're not quite sure if she's dead...
* "No One Mourns the Wicked" from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. Subverted, as we later find out [[HesJustHiding she's just hiding]].
* In ''Kristina'', the musical adaptation of ''Literature/TheEmigrants'', it's the reprise of "Out to the Sea" for [[spoiler:Robert]] and "I'll Be Waiting There" for [[spoiler:Kristina]].
* Infamously, and [[MemeticMutation memetically]], the violent death scene from the finale of ''Series/TheOC''.
* "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" from ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian''.
* The band Music/EnterTheHaggis puts a positive spin on this trope in both "One Last Drink" and "Let Me Go".
* "Contact" from ''Theatre/{{Rent}}''.
* The MusicalEpisode of ''Series/XPlay'' has "Love Me (Reprise)" sung by Adam and Morgan's video game (it MakesSenseInContext) just before it expires.
* "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" from ''Film/TheRose''. Followed up by "The Rose", which counts as a GriefSong.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': Episode "Klingon War", mission "The Doomsday Machine". K'Valk, a Klingon Defense Force officer who is trying to help Starfleet [[spoiler:Ambassador B'vat from siccing a planet killer on Federation]], rams his shuttle down its throat while belting out [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/The_Warrior%27s_Anthem "The Warrior's Anthem"]], a Klingon war hymn.
* "Promised Land" from the ''Series/{{Psych}}'' [[TheMusical musical episode]]
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