Yes, the Ernest
series had a few of these.
- For one, a Rea Life example, the death of Ernest's performer, Jim Varney. The man may never have been a big actor, but dang if he wasn't a beloved one that entertained many, many people regardless.
- Rimshot being turned into a wooden doll in Ernest Scared Stupid. Just seeing how broken up Ernest is over the whole thing is enough to make the audience sad, no matter how you feel about the film itself.