The Season 4 Winter finale Atonement Daniel takes a fatal shot in the abdomen shielding Emily from Kate. While Jack shows up in time to take down Kate, Daniel dies in Emily's arms after she admits that despite all of her deceptions, she did love him
Emily: I want you to know it wasn't all a lie, not with you
Daniel: I know, I know...
- It get's worst as Margaux had just recently revealed to Daniel that she was ready to forgive him and allow him back in her life and, here's the part where your heart hits the floor, their unborn child's as well
- Believe it or not, it get's even worst, the next episode Epitaph revolves around tarnishing his name, by letting the world believe that Emily shot Daniel in self defense from his drunken assault, under David claims that they must erase Kate's involvement to protect Emily, David, Victoria, Jack, Grayson, Charlotte, Margaux and so on from the wrath of Malcom should he discover his daughters death. Something that doesn't even sit well with Emily