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 ''Music/HolyWoodInTheShadowOfTheValleyOfDeath''. 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]]
* The [[http://www.lexxdomain.com/audio/brigadoom14.mp3 Brunnen-Gi song]] from ''{{Series/Lexx}}'' is essentially the song equivalent of "Today is a good day to die". ''[[http://www.lexxdomain.com/audio/brigadoom13.mp3 A Good Way To Die]]'' from the episode Brigadoon laments their death, but also says it was s death worthy of being remembered.
* Music/KlausNomi's "The Cold Song" from ''[[Music/KlausNomiAlbum Klaus Nomi]]'' and "Ding Dong" and "Death" from ''Music/SimpleMan'', which are all covers by the way.
* "Stay Alive (Reprise)" from ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', where [[spoiler:Hamilton's son Philip is dying from a gunshot wound]].
* Two examples in ''Theatre/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'': "When I'm Gone" is sung by Bud and Charlie as and after they grow old and die, and "It All Fades Away" is Robert's final declaration before dying of an unspecified illness.
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