->''"And the story goes on... forever."''
-->-- The final words of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''

This trope is where a character on a TV series is still alive off-screen (referred to by on-screen characters, writes letters, etc.) but his/her actor has died; if the character hadn't already been PutOnABus by that point, possibly even due to whatever health problem would eventually kill the actor, they by necessity must be afterwards.

Contrast BusCrash, where the ''character'' who was PutOnABus dies, and BackForTheDead, where the bus and actor come back, only for the character to die right away. TheOtherDarrin is a possible solution to this, but sometimes is avoided out of respect for the actor.

Not to be confused with ReleasedToElsewhere, where a character dies, and his ''killer'' tells us they were put on a LongBusTrip.

The inversion is TheCharacterDiedWithHim when the character is KilledOffForReal due to the actor's death. Compare and contrast McLeaned for when the character is killed off due to the actor leaving, but the actor is still very much alive. Compare ActorExistenceLimbo, where a voiced character appears but does not speak after their voice actor dies or otherwise becomes unavailable.


[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'': Because of the death of Creator/JoeRanft, Red the firetruck actually lost his voice permanently and does not speak in the sequel. [[TheQuietOne Not that he spoke much in the previous film anyway.]]

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]

* ''Film/HarryPotter'': After Robert Knox died from being stabbed in 2008, Marcus Belby’s only appearance in the series was his one scene in ''Half-Blood Prince''.
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': After the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2014, fans wondered how this would affect ''Mockingjay-Part 1'' and ''Mockingjay-Part 2''. As Plutarch Heavensbee [[spoiler:lived]] at the end of ''Mockingjay'', many assumed that they’d [[spoiler:rewrite it to [[DeathByAdaptation kill him off]] ]] as a result. However, Hoffman had finished filming all his scenes in ''Part 1'' and only had a week of filming left on ''Part 2'' at the time of his death, so the filmmakers decided to just [[spoiler:add him in digitally in one scene]] and thus, his fate would remain the same as it did in the book.
* In ''[[Film/MeetTheParents Little Fockers]]'', Debbie, who got married in the first film, is getting a divorce offscreen. Nicole [=DeHuff=] passed away from pneumonia on February 16, 2005.
* A variant occured with ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' after Shemp died. For contract reasons, they had to deliver four more shorts and the studio wouldn't let the survivors off. Moe, Shemp's younger brother, and Larry still did four shorts, referring to Shemp and occasionally "meeting up" with him via archive footage filmed when he was still alive. They also did some new scenes where [[FakeShemp a stand-in was used for Shemp]], making sure (not always successfully) to keep his back to the camera.
* ''Film/TrailOfThePinkPanther'' was made after the death of Creator/PeterSellers. Rather than having the character of Inspector Clouseau die in the film, he is instead shown to be alive and well on a deserted island after surviving a plane crash; the subsequent film ''Curse of...'' reveals [[spoiler: he got MagicPlasticSurgery to look like Roger Moore, and did a FaceHeelTurn to settle down with a jewel thief countess]].
* Creator/JeanHarlow suddenly died of kidney failure during production of ''Film/{{Saratoga}}'', but instead of recasting the part and re-shooting her scenes (which were roughly 9/10 completed anyway) production carried on as usual, but with three doubles filling in for her, as well as her character being [[PutOnABus written out of some scenes]].
* Although the character was already deceased in-universe, old footage of Creator/MarlonBrando was used to portray a dialogue between recordings of Jor-El and Lex Luthor in Film/SupermanReturns.
* After the death of Creator/PaulWalker, ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Furious 7]]'' director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan revised the script so that footage Walker shot before his death, along with [[FakeShemp the combined efforts of Paul's brother Cody, various stunt actors, and the power of CGI]], would be used to retire his character, Brian O'Conner, without killing him off.
* Heinrich Schmieder, the actor who played Rochus Misch in ''Film/{{Downfall}}'', died on 21 July 2010, over three years before the real Rochus Misch passed away on 5 September 2013, making Misch the only surviving member of the Führerbunker to live up to the 2010s.
* After Creator/AntonYelchin's death in June 2016, shortly before the release of ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'', the producers announced that Yelchin's Chekov would not be recast for the next film(s).
* In an odd case that intersects this with TheCharacterDiedWithHim, Mr. Miyagi dies in the ''[[Film/TheKarateKid Karate Kid]]'' film series in 2011, six years after the death of Creator/PatMorita but seven years before the events of the sequel series, ''Series/CobraKai''.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* Many television series prior to the late 1960s did this, including ''Make Room For Daddy'' (Nana Bryant, who played Margaret Williams' elderly mother); Ward Bond, the original wagon master on ''Series/WagonTrain''; Smiley Burnette, who played the Bradleys' friend Charlie Pratt on ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' and others. The character would simply stop appearing and normally, no future mention would be made of them; if there was, it would be brief, indirect references, usually as though they were still alive. Often, unsophisticated viewers probably never noticed that the character was missing, given the transition was often seamless or that the viewer was more concerned about story development or other characters. It was merely ''presumed'', then, that the character the now-deceased actor portrayed was still alive, since no mention – explicit or otherwise – was made that there was a death.
** In actuality, a short conversation between Kate and Floyd Smoot at the start of the fifth season of ''Petticoat Junction'', reveals that Charlie had passed away and Floyd was left to run the Cannonball by himself.
* ''Trapper John, M.D.'': Nurse Clara "Starch" Willoughby got married during the summer of 1980, retired and moved from San Francisco; on screen, the character did not keep in touch with her former co-workers, and other than possibly brief mentions early in the 1980-1981 season, she is not referred to again and it was presumed she was still living when the series ended in 1986. That's because Starch's portrayer, Mary [=McCarty=], died in the spring of 1980, shortly after production of 1979-1980 season episodes ended; Madge Sinclair's character, Nurse Ernestine Shoop, replaced Starch.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'':
** Initially, with Mr. Hooper, for episodes that aired in the winter and spring of 1983; this included episodes that had been completed prior to Will Lee's final illness, and also episodes that did not feature the character. (Some scripts for episodes later in the spring of 1983 were simply rewritten or, in some instances, the other adults given his lines.) After considering a number of options - one of which was to explain that the beloved Hooper had left ''Sesame Street'', such as retiring – [[BusCrash Hooper's death]] was finally addressed in the groundbreaking episode that aired Thanksgiving Day, 1983 ... almost a year after Lee passed away.
** David, Mr. Hooper's protege and first successor, who was written out in 1989 as having moved to Florida to look after his grandmother. His departure was explained in the fifth episode of the 1989-1990 season (aired around Thanksgiving 1989), where Gordon reads a postcard to Elmo telling that David was doing fine and wished everyone well. Off-screen, things were not well for Northern Calloway, the actor that played David. Depending on the source, Calloway voluntarily resigned, was fired (for recurring behavior issues and inability to get along with the cast/crew) or was forced to leave for mental health issues he had been experiencing. At the time of his death in January 1990, he had been institutionalized, and after an episode of excited delirium syndrome/exhaustive psychosis (literally a massive nervous breakdown that caused cardiac arrest), medical personnel was unable to revive him. Unlike his mentor, Calloway received no tribute or so much as an onscreen acknowledgement of his death.
* ''Series/DennisTheMenace'': George Wilson, following his portrayer Joseph Kearns' death in 1962, midway through the third season. Immediately after his death and a brief hiatus to mourn Kearns' passing, two scripts where Wilson was non-essential were hastily re-written, with substitute characters added and no mention of Mr. Wilson made. Later in the season, it was explained that George had business out east, and his brother, John (Gale Gordon) was brought in to "house sit." Early in the fourth season, the Wilsons (offscreen) moved to the East Coast, leaving John the new homeowner … and it was still presumed that George was alive when the series ended in 1963.
* ''Series/ChicoAndTheMan'': Initially for Chico, portrayed by Freddie Prinze, after Prinze's suicide in 1977. Three episodes still remained to be filmed to complete the third season, and three scripts that revolved around other characters were re-written to explicitly mention that Chico was "away on business" (besides giving Chico's lines to other characters). When the "away on business" (and later, "visiting his father in Mexico") explanations were phased out early in the fourth season, it became less clear whether the Chico character was still alive … and then the episode "Raul Runs Away" [[BusCrash put any doubt to rest]].
* ''Series/AliasSmithAndJones'': Here's an unusual example, in that it combines the trope with TheOtherDarrin. Pete Duel, the original "Smith," killed himself in December 1971. To fit the trope and The Other Darrin trope, the role was re-cast with Roger Davis (the original narrator) taking over the role, filling it until the series ended in 1973. Smith, indeed, lived on on-screen … but looked completely different.
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'': Another in the unusual cases where a character's originator passes away and is recast -- in this case, Gladys Kravitz. When original actress Creator/AlicePearce died in 1966, an interim character (Mrs. K's sister, Harriett) was brought in while the producers debated whether to kill off the Stephens' nosy next-door neighbor or recast the role. It was recast, with Sandra Gould taking what became her signature role ... allowing Mrs. Kravitz to outlive her original actress.
* After Nicholas Colasanto died during the middle of production of the third season of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Coach was said to be off visiting family or taking a driver's test. The last episode Colasanto appeared in was pushed back to later in the season, and a DeletedScene featuring Coach was used as TheTeaser to open the third season finale. The audience was not told that TheCharacterDiedWithHim until the Season 4 premiere and the arrival of Woody Boyd.
* Sandy Harper in ''Series/HolbyCity'' is still alive off-screen in Australia, despite the 2003 death of actress Laura Sadler.
* ''Series/CoronationStreet'' has had several characters live on off-screen following their actors' deaths.
* On ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'', following actress Darlene Conley's death, her character Sally Spectra was allowed to live on off-screen rather than being recast or killed off.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The character of the Doctor continues to be played by a succession of actors when the current actor leaves the part, but all deceased Doctor actors to date ([[Creator/WilliamHartnell the]] [[Creator/PatrickTroughton first]] [[Creator/JonPertwee three]] [[spoiler:and [[Creator/JohnHurt the War Doctor]]]]) didn't pass away until some time after they left the show.
*** The First Doctor is a more specific example of this trope in action, as William Hartnell had passed away by the time "The Five Doctors" came about, so they asked [[TheOtherDarrin Richard Hurndall]] to take on the part for the story. [[spoiler:When the First Doctor returned in "The Doctor Falls", Hurndall had already died, so he was replaced with Creator/DavidBradley]].
** The Creator/BigFinish audio dramas have allowed companions and the aformentioned Doctors to continue appearing in stories despite their original actors being deceased (often done in the Companion Chronicles). Either they're played by other actors or they're described as being present.
** Long-running guest character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, played by Nicholas Courtney, was revealed to have died off-screen after Courtney's death, but a plot which involved corpses in cemeteries being converted into Cybermen saw the Cyberman who had been the Brigadier silently salute the Doctor and fly away. (The novels follow a slightly different continuity and in the books it is established that the Brigadier at some point early in the 21st century regains his youth and continues to live on well past his 100th birthday).
*** The Time Lord character Romana, like the Doctor, has been regenerated over time, and Lalla Ward and Juliet Landau continue to play the character in audio form despite the death of original actress Mary Tamm.
*** Plans were underway to bring back Time Lady antagonist the Rani on audio with original actress Kate O'Mara, but O'Mara died before production and - in line with the express wishes of O'Mara before her death - the part was subsequently recast with new actor Siobhan Redmond.
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'':
** A 2010 episode revealed that 60s ''Doctor Who'' companions Barbara Chesterton and Ben Jackson were both still alive, despite the actors who played them having died in the 1990s.
** Sarah Jane Smith herself is still alive, despite the death of Creator/ElisabethSladen. The last episode of the series ends with the words "And the story goes on... forever."
*** As of 2016, this remains the case: parent series ''Series/DoctorWho'' has yet to indicate on screen that the character is deceased. Also, in the expanded universe Sarah Jane is said to live on well into the 21st century, something also reflected in ''The Sarah Jane Adventures'' itself.
* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' infamously used this trope when Graham Jarvis, who played a main character's father, died. The character was not only kept alive for ten months following Jarvis's death, but when the actress that played his on-screen daughter had a contract dispute, she was said to be visiting him in several episodes.
* Nick Yemana from ''Series/BarneyMiller'' did not exactly Die On a Bus, even though the actor Jack Soo, who played him, died in real life. So the actor got a non-canon memorial-tribute episode, while Nick disappeared from the series and was definitely gone for good; there was an episode where a lot of drama was attached to the removal of his desk from the office, and characters would sometimes mention "back when Nick was here". However, it was never made clear whether he died or just went away somewhere. The final episode has Barney looking around the squadroom one last time; he remembers (via flashback clips) the cops who'd left the squad in years past. When he remembers Chano, Wentworth and Fish, Barney is smiling in fond remembrance. When he remembers Nick, though, his expression is very sad.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** Marty, Abby's fourth season boyfriend, broke up with her via instant message because the actor who played him committed suicide.
** Also, Ducky's aged mother was put in a nursing home after her actress died. A few seasons later, there was a mention that she died.
* In ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', after Creator/MiguelFerrer's death, his character Owen Granger was written out by walking away from everything in pursuit of his own adventures.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** Thuy Trang, the actress who played Trini, the original Yellow Ranger in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers,'' left the cast and died in a car accident several years later. The character is not dead in the show (or at least not known to be), though {{Fanon}} may state otherwise.
** Coincidentally, the first Yellow Ranger in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' also had a tragic fate: Baku Hatakeyama, who played Ki Ranger I in ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'', committed suicide in 1978; but Ki Ranger returns in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' and its crossover movie with ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', and it is implied that Hatakeyama's character, Oiwa, is still in the suit. (It can't be the second one, 'cause he was KilledOffForReal and replaced by the returning Oiwa.) In Gokaiger, he never unmasks. It's not that noticeable as only 13 Rangers (not counting the Gokaigers and Goseigers) appeared unmasked in the movie.
** Should any future Super Sentai crossovers occur, this could very well be the instance with [[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Daigo/Shishiranger]], since his actor, Tatsuya Nōmi, committed suicide in May of 2017.
* A weird example mixed with HarsherInHindsight: ''Series/{{Passions}}'' had the character of Timmy dying after a HeroicSacrifice (to save Charity from her evil Zombie self). However, the supernatural nature of the storylines on the show often made it easy for characters to return to life, and Timmy was set to return as an angel. The plans were scuppered when Josh Ryan Evans died from complications resulting from open heart surgery a scant few weeks after taping the scene. Eerily, the date of his death was the same day Timmy died on the show.
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'':
** After his actor died, Mike was written out as having been jailed abroad for embezzlement in "If They Could See Us Now". This was done at the request of Kenneth [=MacDonald=], who did not want his character to die with him.
** Corine, Denzil's wife, outlived her actor, with the character divorcing Denzil after the actress died following a single appearance. The character was intended to have been recurring. Interestingly, she wasn't stated to have finally left him until quite a way into the series, despite no possibility of a reappearance after the third series.
* ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'' generally isn't shy about having characters die at the same time that their actors do. However, incidental character Eli will probably be left in limbo forever, even though he appeared in most episodes. Actor Danny O'Dea died several years ago, but since Eli was rarely crucial to the plot, and wasn't closely related to any other characters, his ultimate fate will most likely remain unmentioned.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Neither Dr Stephen Franklin nor G'Kar were ever [[PutOnABus put on a bus]] before their actors Richard Biggs and Andreas Katsulas passed away, but in ''Series/BabylonFive'': The Lost Tales, the late actors' characters are stated to have gone exploring "beyond the rim," the in-universe euphemism for [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending to a higher plane of existence]].
** In the case of G'Kar, the character's death was actually seen on-screen before the actor died. [[spoiler: Londo shakes off his Drakh controller long enough to ask G'Kar to kill him to save him and the Centauri from having a mind-controlled Emperor any longer, but as G'Kar tries to oblige the symbiont wakes up and fights back, resulting in G'Kar and Londo killing each other.]] This was set years after the five-year plot, though, which ended with G'Kar and Lyta going adventuring in unknown parts, so he really could have been "beyond the rim."
** Doctor Franklin, meanwhile, appears in the series DistantFinale, "Sleeping In Light", so he lives at least as long as Sheridan does - 20 years after Sheridan's trip to Z'Ha'Dum.
** Canonically, Marcus Cole will most likely outlive his actor, Jason Carter, as in the ExpandedUniverse, he is a HumanPopsicle for a couple of centuries before he is thawed out and goes on one last adventure to [[EarnYourHappyEnding finally get his chance to live happily ever after.]]
** Michael O'Hare, who played Commander, then Ambassador Sinclair, finally going into the distant past to become Valen, outlived his character by 653 years before dying of a heart attack in September, 2012.
* When Raymond Burr died in 1993, the writers of the Franchise/PerryMason TV movies offered a character played by Paul Sorvino as his replacement, claiming that Perry Mason had "gone on vacation." One snarky television critic offered this as a response: "Yeah, it must have been a permanent one."
* ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' had Jock Ewing go on a trip to an oil reserve in South America, in order to keep him alive as long as possible after his actor, Jim Davis (not [[Franchise/{{Garfield}} that one]]), died. As with Mr. Hooper, his death (which occurred on the return trip) wasn't addressed until some time later.
* Bill Horton on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives''. The 3 previous actors who played the role had all died but that didn't stop them from bringing back the character for his mother's funeral in 2010. The mother (the show's matriarch Alice Horton) was killed off for good because the actress who played her died.
* By the time BBC Ulster got around to reviving ''Series/{{Ballykissangel}}'' for its final series, actor Tony Doyle had died. Rather than kill off a main character offscreen (because theirs was a milieu where Death Is Always Big Onscreen Drama) they concocted a bizarre storyline in which his character, Brian Quigley, had become a fugitive from a federal tax evasion charge and had fled to Brazil. If he ever returned to Ireland, he'd spend his retirement in the pokey. When the plug was finally pulled on the programme, Brian was (apparently) still alive and living in Rio, but Tony was still beyond waiting for his cue.
* A frequent occurrence in sitcoms co-written by David Croft (whether with Jimmy Perry or Jeremy Lloyd):
** In ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', Arthur Brough, who played senior salesman Mr. Grainger, died in 1978 while preparations were being made for the sixth series (though he had announced his retirement from acting following his wife's death two months before, Lloyd and Croft were hoping to persuade him to return). He was replaced without explanation in-series by the character of Mr. Tebbs. Contrary to popular perception, Brough was the only actor who died before his character was written out of the series.
** ''Series/DadsArmy'' gave Walker a WrittenInAbsence when actor James Beck was suddenly taken into hospital with pancreatic cancer; Walker leaves a note to explain that he is going up to London to conduct a "[[HonestJohnsDealership business]]" deal. Beck then died and so Walker never returned, but he was not mentioned again and presumably was still alive off-screen; by the time of later radio sequel ''It Sticks Out Half a Mile'' he had returned to Walmington-on-Sea.
** In ''Series/ItAintHalfHotMum'', Michael Bates, who played bearer Rangi Ram, died of cancer in 1978 between Series 5 and 6. The character was written out of the remaining three series.
** In ''Series/HiDeHi'', Leslie Dwyer, who played Punch and Judy man Mr. Partridge, died in 1986 between Series 6 and 7. His character was written out in a bizarre and rather tasteless manner; what appeared to be his dead body was found floating in a swimming pool with a knife sticking out of its back, but when the police fished it out it turned out to be a mannequin, and someone eventually found a letter from Mr Partridge explaining that he'd staged his own death and gone to live with a pub landlady in Cornwall. ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext and it wasn't very funny, either. He was replaced by the similar Sammy Morris, played by Kenneth Connor.
** In ''Series/AlloAllo'', Jack Haig, who played forger Roger Leclerc, died of cancer in 1989 toward the end of Series 5. He was written out as having voluntarily returned to prison (finding the food better than that at Cafe Rene) and being replaced by his brother Ernest. (The first actor to play Ernest, Derek Royle, also died after one season, but the role was then [[TheOtherDarrin recast with the much younger Robin Parkinson]].)
* ''Series/{{Rentaghost}}'': Michael Darbyshire, who played Hubert Davenport, died between seasons. Davenport (and Mumford, whose actor did not want to continue in the show with Darbyshire) were written out by having them score permanent jobs haunting a stately home. (Obviously, in this case, the character was ''already'' dead, but still outlived the actor in the sense of not "moving on".)
* ''Series/SevenDays'' actor Sam Whipple died of cancer at the age of 41, and so at the beginning of the third and final season of the show, his character, Dr. John Ballard, suddenly retired to a tropical island he had won in a poker game, thus keeping the character alive within the fictional universe even though the actor himself died.
* The 2003 ''Series/{{Porridge}}'' ReunionShow has Ingrid getting a phone call from Lenny Godber explaining he can't make it home; actor Richard Beckinsale had died in 1979.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Georgia Brown, who played Worf's adoptive human mother Helena Rozhenko, died suddenly in 1992, only months after her last appearance in "New Ground". In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Accession" from 1996, Worf says "I will be away from the station at that time. Far away. Visiting my parents. On Earth.", inferring that Helena was still alive in-universe.
** Kellie Waymire died suddenly in 2003, but apparently, in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', Crewman Cutler is still alive and well.
* Even with Stanley Kamel's death from a heart attack in April 2008, Dr. Charles Kroger appeared in two ''Series/{{Monk}}'' novels that were written before season 6's finale "Mr. Monk is On The Run" aired: ''Mr. Monk Goes to Germany'' and ''Mr. Monk is Miserable''.
* ''[[Series/BoyMeetsWorld Boy]]/Series/GirlMeetsWorld'': Julius Carry, the actor who played Angela's father during the final season of ''BMW'', died in 2008. In 2015, ''Girl'' would reveal that the character has also died, roughly around 2011.
* ''Series/WillAndGrace'': Will's boss Mr. Dupette suddenly retired after Gregory Hines died of cancer.
* Gloria's mom on ''Series/ModernFamily'' has never been mentioned as having died, despite Elizabeth Pena's death in 2014.
* Although ''Series/TwinPeaks: The Return'' has several character [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim die along their actors]], a few whose actors who died before 2017 are shown to still be alive:
** BOB's actor Frank Silva died in 1995. However, since BOB is a spirit whose role in the plot is mostly based on DemonicPossession, his character remains present and active by only showing the physical body he controls, plus a few brief appearances achieved using archival footage. [[spoiler:Although it turns out the one assumed to be BOB in Cooper's body is actually Cooper's EvilTwin under Bob's passive, SymbioticPossession.]]
** Agent Philip Jeffries, Creator/DavidBowie's character from ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'', is talked to over the phone despite Bowie's death in 2016. Jeffries eventually makes an appearance "in person", [[TheNthDoctor with his body so radically altered he's no longer played by a person at all]], and his voice provided by a sound-alike. In this case, Bowie was planning to reprise the role, but died between writing and shooting, necessitating a late production change.

* When Hal Smith, the voice actor for the star of Focus on the Family's ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'', John Avery "Whit" Whittaker, suddenly died, Whit was sent on an emergency archaeological expedition to the Middle East until a new voice actor (Paul Herlinger) was found. Interestingly, the radio producers made an episode specifically for the occasion, but they wound up broadcasting it ''before'' Smith passed away, because they liked the story so much and wanted to finish it without offing Mr. Whittaker. As of 2010, Whit has now outlived two actors. Herlinger retired in 2008 due to declining health (around the same time, ''Odyssey'' was temporarily put on hiatus in order to [[ReTool refresh the series]]) and died in 2010. When the series returned from hiatus, Andre Stojka had taken over as Whit. Coincidentally, both Smith and Stojka had previously been the voice of [[Disney/WinnieThePooh Owl]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Likely the fate of Rosa in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', who had been a love interest for Ezio but suffered ChuckCunninghamSyndrome after that game since her actress, Lita Tresierra, was killed in a car accident shortly before production began on ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood''. Despite the character never appearing in the games again the novelizations for ''Brotherhood'' and ''Revelations'' say that she eventually took over the Rosa in Fiore from Claudia and became an Italian Assassin leader.
* The death of Creator/KanetoShiozawa, the voice actor that played Zato-1 in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', inspired the plot point of having the symbiote that gave him powers completely take over, [[TheOtherDarrin replete with]] [[Creator/TakehitoKoyasu a new voice actor]]. This overlaps with TheCharacterDiedWithHim, as Eddie (the parasite) claimed full control of the body because Milia killed Zato-1.
** Zato-1 is resurrected for ''Guilty Gear Xrd'', so the character has truly outlived Kaneto Shiozawa, with Takehito Koyasu voicing the revived Zato-1.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** [[BigBad Master Xehanort]] is a ''double'' example, with both Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka and Creator/LeonardNimoy (his respective Japanese and English voice actors) dying a month apart in early 2015.
** 2015 was not kind to the ''Kingdom Hearts'' voice cast, it seemed. Even though Corey Burton has filled in for Ansem the Wise since 2010, his original English voice actor is Creator/ChristopherLee, who died in June 2015.
* Robin Sachs finished recording his dialogue for Zaeed Massani in the ''Citadel'' DLC of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' a month before its release, and a special multiplayer event, "Operation: Tribute", was held in his honor.
* Creator/KojiTotani, the Japanese voice actor of ''Franchise/MetalGear'' villain Revolver Ocelot, died during the production of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''. As a result, the role was recast with Creator/BanjoGinga (Liquid Snake's Japanese voice), with Liquid Snake's persona having [[spoiler: apparently]] taken complete control of Ocelot's mind as a convenient excuse for the recast. This wasn't much of an issue in the English version, since Ocelot's English voice actor Pat Zimmerman was still alive and reprised the role anyway.
** Following the death of Creator/TakeshiAono, Creator/HideoKojima stated on Twitter that he would retire Roy Campbell from the Franchise/MetalGear series.
* Creator/DaisukeGori voiced the aged Heihachi Mishima from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 3'' to ''Tekken 6''. After Gouri tragically passed on, Heihachi had to be recast for ''Tekken Tag Tournament 2''. In light of this, Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment decided to make Heihachi young again instead of simply having a new VA for Old Man Heihachi. Heihachi's role was passed to Creator/UnshoIshizuka.
** The new VA also voiced Heihachi in VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken, where Heihachi WAS old...
** ''Tekken 7'' is the continuation of the story from ''6'' so Heihachi is canonically back to his old self.
* Igor in ''{{VideoGame/Persona}}''. His Japanese voice actor Isamu Tanonaka died before ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4 Arena}}'' was completed. In the game and anime adaptation all his lines were unvoiced or used files from older games, even in the English version, though Creator/DanWoren is still alive.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Postal}} Postal 2]]'' has [[Series/DiffrentStrokes Gary Coleman]] appear AsHimself in the base game. ''Paradise Lost'' DLC, released 12 years later, has Gary appear once again, but since the actor passed away in 2010, the in-game character only reuses the previously recorded lines and has his bodyguard be the actual spokesperson.
* Hirotaka Suzuoki has continued to voice [[Anime/Daitarn3 Banjo Haran]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Bright Noa]] in ''Franchise/SuperRobotWars'' games released as recently as 2017, despite the fact that Suzuoki died in 2006. Characters in ''Super Robot Wars'' only speak during battle, so ManipulativeEditing is used to add new context to Suzuoki's large bank of previously recorded lines.


[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebAnimation/{{Eddsworld}}: After the passing of Edd Gould, who was [[AuthorAvatar the main character's]] VA, the series continued with [[http://youtube.com/user/TimH078 Tim Hautekiet]] voicing him.
* After the sudden death of Creator/MontyOum in 2015, his brother Neath took over voicing Lie Ren for Season 3 and beyond of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Mako, who voiced Iroh in Seasons 1 and 2, died while production of Season 2 was wrapping up. Greg Baldwin took over for him in Season 3. Iroh himself dies between the end of ''Avatar'' and the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', but appears in the Spirit World in Seasons 2 and 3 of the latter show with Baldwin still doing his voice.
* Baldwin also replaced Mako as the voice of Aku in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' when it was UnCanceled in [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack2017 2017]].
* After Harry Goz, the voice of ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'''s Captain Murphy, died in 2003, the character left the station to fight in [[Franchise/{{Dune}} "the Spice Wars"]]. Murphy showed up a decade later in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', now voiced by Creator/JonHamm [[spoiler:then dies before the episode is over]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
** David Doyle, who originated the role of Grandpa Lou Pickles, died in 1997. Joe Alaskey took over for him from that point forward.
** More than a decade before her death in 2014, Christine Cavanaugh retired from voice acting and Nancy Cartwright did Chuckie Finster’s voice from that point forward too.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'':
** After Scatman Crothers fell ill shortly after [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the Movie]], Jazz didn't have any further lines in the show. (However, the focus had [[MerchandiseDriven moved on from the original cast by that point]], and there's no evidence Jazz was ever going to have a more major role post-movie.)
** Cyclonus' voice actor, Roger C. Carmel, passed away towards the end of Season 3 and Jack Angel (who was already voicing Astrotrain, Ultra Magnus, and Ramjet, among others) took over the role.
* [[CatchPhrase Hey, Vern!]] In between ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory2 Toy Story 2]]'' & ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 3]]'', Slinky Dog's [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001815/ voice actor]] passed away, so they had to get another voice actor to do his part. [[CatchPhrase KnowhutImean, Vern?]]
** And guess what, Vern? They had to get another voice actor for Cookie in between ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' and ''[[Disney/AtlantisMilosReturn Atlantis 2]]'' for the same reason. [[{{Sequelitis}} You probably didn't even know]] ''[[{{Sequelitis}} Atlantis 2]]'' [[{{Sequelitis}} existed, now didja, Vern?]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Happens to Dr [=McCoy=], after a fashion. In "Where No Fan Has Gone Before", the main cast of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' voice themselves, except for James Doohan and [=DeForest=] Kelley. While Doohan had simply said he wasn't interested, Kelley had died. As such, Kelley's likeness appears but has no speaking lines. James Doohan may have been uninterested due to his suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. Terminal RedShirt "Welshy" was created (complete with Welsh accent) to be his substitute.
** Another example: Coleene, Fry's polyamorous love interest from the second [[TheMovie movie]], "Beast With A Billion Backs", who was voiced by the sadly departed Brittany Murphy. In the story, Coleene was last seen fully engaged in a relationship with Yivo, the planet-sized tentacly creature from AnotherDimension, with the gateway to said dimension being closed off by the end, sealing her status as "presumably still living there with [[InsistentTerminology shklim]] and not going to make any new appearances".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** After Creator/PhilHartman died in 1998, Matt Groening had Hartman's characters, Lionel Hutz and Troy [=McClure=], retired out of respect. The last episode to feature Hartman, "Bart the Mother", which had Troy [=McClure=], aired the following season. Both Hutz and [=McClure=] are alive in story and continued to appear in crowd shots, but have never done anything significant. They also appear frequently in the comics, since they don't need to be voiced.
** This initially happened to Lunchlady Doris as well after Doris Grau's death. Eventually, she started getting voiced appearances again with the help of TheOtherDarrin, Tress [=MacNeille=].
** In October 2013 the actress for Ms. Krabappel, Marcia Wallace, sadly died. [[WordOfGod Matt Groening]] has said that Edna Krabappel will be retired from the show out of respect for her actress, much like Hutz and [=McClure=]. However, thanks to the fact that much of Wallace's voice work for future episodes had already been recorded, this did not occur until the 26th season. The episode "Four Regrettings and a Funeral", shown on November 3rd, 2013, was dedicated to Wallace. A later episode [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim stated that Krabappel had died]].
** A real problem arose in 2006 when Marge's German voice actress Elisabeth Volkmann died. She had to be replaced to keep the German dub running, but Anke Engelke, another famous TV comedian, sounds nothing like her.
*** Homer's German voice actor, Norbert Gastell, also passed away in 2015. He was replaced by Christoph Jablonka.
*** Homer's first European Spanish voice, Carlos Revilla, passed away in 2000. To solve this problem, Carlos Ysbert was called in to keep the dub alive.
*** This was made worse by Ángel Egido (Abe and Smithers) also dying, and Pedro Sempson (Mr. Burns) and Eva Díez (Milhouse) retiring around the same time. And worse still, Revilla was also the localization director, so the whole voice acting suffered his absence as a result.
*** Marge's Brazilian voice actress from seasons 9 to 14, Nelly Amaral, passed away in 2002. She had to be replaced by Selma Lopes, who had already voiced Marge from seasons 1 to 8. Also, André Filho, who voiced Skinner, passed away in 1997 and was eventually replaced by Márcio Simões.
*** The same happened in Italy when Tonino Accolla, Homer's voice (as well as the voice of popular actors such as Creator/JimCarrey and Creator/EddieMurphy) passed away in 2013. He was replaced by actor Massimo Lopez which was received with quite a bit of backlash by fans.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', rather than phase out Mermaid Man after the death of Creator/ErnestBorgnine, the writers decided to just have Joe White, who had filled in for Borgnine a few times before, take over the role.
** Squidward in the German dub had this happen to him after the death of his voice actor Eberhard Prüter. Problematically, Prüter's voice was so distinctive that they'd have been hard pressed to find anyone who sounds like him. However, when Tobias Lelle was cast for the film, he took it in a different direction and made his voice sound more like Rodger Bumpass while being reminiscent of the late Creator/RokuroNaya (his Japanese voice actor).
* Frank Sinatra Jr. was a recurring guest star on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', having played [[AsHimself himself]] for three episodes. His last episode, "Bookie of the Year", was aired months after his March 2016 death, though his character remained alive in the show.
** Creator/CarrieFisher had played Peter's boss Angela until her death in December 2016. Angela will be retired from the show, and a new boss character played by Creator/BryanCranston will succeed her in the 2017-18 season.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Lakewood Elementary Principal Mr. Haney was sent away to Africa to live his dream of opening a school following the death of his voice actor Walter Massey in 2014.
* Creator/AntonYelchin died after finishing a majority of his character Jim's dialogue for ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'', which was the entirety of season 1 and 2 along with a considerate amount of season 3. As a result, his close friend Emile Hirsch [[TheOtherDarrin took over the role]] and series creator Creator/GuillermoDelToro [[http://deadline.com/2018/04/tatiana-maslany-diego-luna-emile-hirsch-cast-dreamworks-trollhunters-part-3-guillermo-del-toro-1202377460/ confirmed]] that the production team will be doing a unique way to incorporate a voice transition organic to the story and create a path for Hirsch, to carry on his legacy and role, so Yelchin’s performance has been left intact where possible and some portions have been merged with Hirsch’s performance to complete season three. Given the fact that Jim is the main protagonist of the series, it was for the best to do so instead of having him being PutOnABus or KilledOffscreen.