Lawd Why! 15 Fictional Deaths We Never Got Over

April 5, 2013  |  
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It’s happened to the best of us. Sometimes a character’s death strikes an emotional chord in us and we can’t help but shed a tear over a person –or animal– that only lived on screen. Here are 15 of those characters who we’re still mourning.

Bambi’s mom

In the 1942 animated classic film Bambi, a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed fawn frolicked in the first snowfall of the season unaware that his world was about to change. This was Bambi’s first winter so his mother stuck closely to his side. Imagine Bambi’s horror when a hunter shot and killed his beloved mom right before his innocent eyes. Thankfully, Bambi had the love and support of his father, the Great Prince of the Forest, and his best friend, a rabbit named Thumper, to help him through the loss of his mother.


Our hearts broke when sibling rivalry reared its ugly head in the 1994 movie The Lion King when Mufasa, ruler of the jungle, was killed by his evil, jealous brother Scar. What’s worse is Scar framed heir to the throne, Simba, for the death. As the young cub struggled to come into his own, Simba sees the spirit of his dad Mufasa watching over him. Simba eventually grows up, returns home and defeats his treacherous uncle to reclaim the throne.


For three seasons, fans flocked to the television set every Thursday night to watch Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo play detectives J.C. Williams and Eddie Torres in “New York Undercover.” Created by “Law & Order” alum D1ck Wolf, the gritty hour-long crime show was the first police drama that had two people of color as the lead characters. Williams and Torres shared a brotherly bond as they battled gangs and drug lords. Rumors swirled that DeLorenzo wanted a huge raise to return for the fourth season and instead of giving in to his demands, his character was killed in the line of duty. We just knew he was going to walk away from the flames when that car bomb exploded.

James Evans

“Good Times” was the first television show that portrayed a Black family living in the projects. Set in Chicago, James and Florida Evans, played by John Amos and Esther Rolle struggled to raise their three children while trying to keep their heads above water in their tiny two-bedroom apartment. James and Florida didn’t have much money but they showered J.J., Thelma and Michael with love and wisdom. Amos expressed his dissatisfaction in the direction of the show and was fired after three seasons. His character was killed in a car accident at the start of season four. After learning of his death, Florida famously shook her fists in the air and exclaimed, “Damn! Damn! Damn!”


For nine seasons, Dan and Roseanne Connor was America’s favorite white trash couple. After having a heart attack in season eight, Dan and his family finally had a streak of good luck in the final season of “Roseanne.” Or so it seemed. The Connors won a $108 million lottery jackpot, Darlene has a baby and DJ finally found love but in the series finale it is revealed in fact that Dan didn’t survive the heart attack he suffered during Darlene’s wedding. Roseanne imagined everything that happened after the wedding as a coping mechanism to get through her husband’s death.


No one had more people living in fear than “The Wire’s” Omar. Whenever this HBO character walked into a trap house to rob them, his would-be victims would willingly hand over the money and the drugs without a fight. So it came as a huge shock in season five when the gun-toting gangsta was shot dead inside of a corner store. The finger on the trigger of the smoking gun belonged to a kid part of a crew Omar once held at gunpoint while trying to draw his arch nemesis Marlo out from hiding.

Harry Stamper

Bruce Willis is known for playing the hero and saving the day or the world in his movies. This was no different in the 1998’s Armageddon, a sci-fi drama directed by Michael Bay. When an asteroid the size of Texas makes a beeline to collide with Earth, only one man can save the world and that’s Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis). Stamper and his crew embark on a mission to plant a bomb on the asteroid so it could blow up instead of hitting Earth. After a series of setbacks and blunders, the only way the plan will work is if someone stays behind to detonate the bomb by hand. Stamper, of course, volunteers for the job and blows up the asteroid (and himself) once again saving all of mankind.

Eddard Starks

In the first season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Eddard Starks won fans over with his undying loyalty, courage, and strength in the face of adversity. When he was chosen to serve close friend King Richard, we just knew no good would come out of it. The king was killed in a tragic hunting accident and his pre-pubescent son took over the throne. Even though his death was written in the George R.R. Martin books that the HBO show is based on, viewers were still shocked when Starks was tricked and beheaded for treason by his friend’s son.

Dr. George O’Malley

Dr. George O’Malley was part of the original batch of interns that started on the first season of “Grey’s Anatomy.” We watched a nervous and unsure O’Malley transform into a confident surgeon with calm fingers. Although reports surfaced that T.R. Knight, the actor who portrayed O’Malley, was leaving the show after five seasons to pursue a career on Broadway, fans were still heartbroken to learn the unidentified patient that stepped in front of a bus to save a stranger was actually O’Malley. Sadly, he died from his injuries shortly after his co-workers realized who the unidentified hero really was.


We fell in love with Richard “Cochise” Morris from the cult classic 1975 movie Cooley High. Set in the mean streets of Chicago, Cooley High follows Cochise and his friend Leroy “Preach” Jackson as they set out to cut school for an impromptu trip to the zoo. Things quickly turned south. What started out as a carefree day eventually turned dark and violent when Cochise, perceived as a snitch, is jumped and severely beaten. He hits his head on a steel beam and is knocked out cold. Cochise is declared brain dead and succumbs to his injuries. Even former Fugees member Lauryn Hill rhymed about the death Cochise in the 1996 song “Fu-Gee-La:” ”‘Seen Cooley High/Cried when Cochise died.”

Adriana La Cerva

Adriana La Cerva seemed like a ride-or-die chick for her man Christopher Moltisanti on HBO’s “The Sopranos.” After losing an informant, the FBI sets sights on Adriana in hopes of getting her to turn on Tony Soprano and his mafia family. Not wanting to rat her man out, Adriana refuses to hand over any serious information at first but when the FBI demands she start wearing a wire, Adriana confides in Christopher hoping she can convince him to join the witness protection program and start a family. Clean up man Silvio drives Adriana to the woods and we quickly learn which family Christopher chooses.


No insect was loved or mourned so much as Charlotte of Charlotte’s Web. In the 1973 animated movie based on the novel of the same name, the spider befriends Wilbur, a new pig to the farm. Determined to save her new companion from the slaughterhouse, Charlotte hatches a plan. Thankful that he is spared, Wilbur and Charlotte remain close friends until her death. The pig honors his friend by guarding her egg sac and is at first overjoyed when it hatches and the deceased Charlotte becomes a mom 514 times over. Although most of them leave the farm and go out into the world, three stay behind with Wilbur.

 Joyce Summers

Death was a common occurrence on the television show “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” Buffy Summers killed with ease and wasn’t phased by the gruesome gore or the undead but there was one death that shook her and viewers to the core. Returning home to find her mother Joyce Summers perched awkwardly on the sofa, Buffy’s voice went from perky to frantic in a matter of seconds. Viewers of the show were just as shocked and teary-eyed when Buffy uttered those three heartbreaking words: “Mom? Mom? Mommy?”

Matthew Crawley

“Downton Abbey” has become a smash hit, winning fans over here in the U.S. and across the pond in part because of the unexpected twists and turns featured in the show. In the final moments of season three’s finale, viewers see an ecstatic Matthew Crawley bursting at the seams with the birth of his son. It seems as if nothing could ruin his mood as he drives to tell his family about the new baby. Unfortunately, Crawley didn’t notice an oncoming truck in his path. Although he survived fighting in WWI and the Spanish flu, Crawley was killed upon impact.

Dr. Mark Greene

For 15 seasons, “ER” ruled the television world. Although the show had a revolving door of numerous physicians, staff and patients, no death touched more fans than that of Dr. Mark Greene. Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, viewers watched Dr. Greene go through various medical treatments to save his life to no avail. Realizing the inevitable, he retreats to Hawaii to spend his final days in peace and under the sun. At the end, Dr. Greene gave his daughter Rachel sage advice that we all could live by: “Be generous, with your time, your love, and your life.”

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  • Hannah Wisdom

    Sirius Black

  • Cheryl

    Ooh when Dr. Greene died on ER…that hurt me to the core. I cried like a baby. I still get teary eyed when I hear that ukelele version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

  • Pete Habel

    Why were Dan & Roseanne a “white trash couple”? They both struggled and worked, didn’t sit on their asses and collect the next welfare check. They paid off their mortgage and owned their own home. Raised a slew of kids and not one of them was pregnant by 14 or hooked on heroine! They didn’t have any money in the bank but then again who really does? They were lower middle class much like the largest % of the population living paycheck to paycheck. It was a comical TV show which showed the struggles that typical Americans go through…. I don’t see the “white trash” association. The characters where white but that’s as far as it goes…..

  • Guest

    Why were Dan & Roseanne a “white trash couple”? They both struggled and worked, didn’t lazily sit on their asses and collect the next welfare check. They didn’t have any money in the bank but then again who really does? They were lower middle class much like the largest % of the population living paycheck to paycheck.

  • Earthspirit1

    What…no Annie Johnson , actress Juanita Moore (RIP) character in Imitation of Life?!?!

  • Janette

    Jeez people, crack a book (the death is in George R.R. Martin’s book).

  • millli

    Mike Delfino.. Desperate Housewives…

  • adrienne michelle

    What about Caine’s death in Menace II Society?? He was just about to get his life together!!! But James death on Good Times and Mufasa’s death in Lion King always get to me

  • candy

    It was King Robert, not Richard. Richard was an actual king.

  • candy

    It was King Robert, not Richard. Richard was an actual king.

  • trek_rider

    What about Bobby Simone and Sylvia Costas from NYPD Blue? Or Laura Roslin on Battlestar Galactica?
    BTW, Charlotte was an arachnid, not an insect!

    • Janette

      Ohh, that Bobby Simone one wrecked me.

  • KW

    It’s king ROBERT from Game of Thrones, not Richard…Damn! Damn! Damn!

  • Oh

    Colonel Henry Blake from M*A*S*H*, when Radar came into the operating room with the news his plane crashed on the way home.

  • gelakim

    How about Opie from Sons of Anarchy?? I freakin’ bawled like I knew him from back in the day! horrible…

  • Still not over mufasa though. I quit watching nyu after torres died i couldn’t handle it lol. And I’m mad i watched Roseanne all those years and never knew dan did smh. Still can’t watch bambi lol.

  • wow this list left of some very good ones like 1. opie from sons of anarchy, 2. shelby in steel magnolias, 3. alaric vampire dairies 4. jeremy vampire daries, 5. walsh firefly,6. edman cold mountain,7. sam elliot in road house,8.albert little house on the pairie 9.kris krisofferson in the rose, 10. buck, married with children. i am sure we could make a list of about 100 but opies from sons of anarchy had to be the worse for me ever.

    • ItalianMom

      The Opie scene had me audibly sobbing. It sounded as if I was choking I’m sure. They had me screwed up since the previous death of Tig’s daughter Dawn. That actress has upset me twice by dying, once on Sons of Anarchy and then on Supernatural when it looks like the end of Meg. I’ll be surprised if they didn’t mention Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones, because the events surrounding his death were so sad. I need to finish the list instead of reading comments.

  • Chauni R.

    How about Carolyn Carmichael (the mom from Crooklyn)? Her death came out of nowhere. In one scene Woody is telling the kids that their mom has cancer and in the next Joseph is talking about Carolyn’s funeral. Sheesh!

  • Natasha T

    What about Ricky from Boyz N The Hood?

  • lis

    Mufasa is defintely up there for me lol, just watched it yesterday

  • IAJS

    what about anyone from set it off? I cried when queen died, or big momma from soul food? Or salena, who can keep a dry eye when salena died

    • Ashcakes

      Salena wasn’t is fictional character

      • IAJS

        true, I got caught up in the sad death part thank goodness the a**hole in you pointed out the obvious. Thanks!

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  • BobbyBrownsUnhingedLowerJaw

    what? no Stringer from the Wire!???

  • navronis

    Imitation of Life … when the mom died n the ungrateful daughter finally realized she had treated her mom like crap… but it was too late! I cried like my own mama died. I was little when I saw this and still distraught.

  • Layla

    The only spider I ever liked was Charlotte!

  • Tha Real Hamia

    Im still hurting about Wallace and Bodie from the wire.

  • Troker

    Eddard Stark and Bruce Willis had me shedding tears but MUFASA…that was the one that messed me up.

  • badboy4life

    I was fvckn sick when Bodie was killed, and even more-so when Omar was taken out…them kats was gangsta on the Wire

  • Youngin

    What about Kaydee (Caine) from Menace II Society? I was so upset that he didn’t make it to the new life he was preparing to live, but he did it to save little Anthony.

  • Dee

    Mufasa was ruler of the PRIDE LANDS tho…. aint no jungles in Africa…

  • Gigi

    Enjoyed this list MN. Very entertaining. I stopped watching ER after Dr. Greene died. I believe he was the last of the original cast of doctors.

  • toonmili

    I was shocked by Eddard Stark, Matthew Crawley but Dr. Green was most tragic portrayal of death on a TV show. It felt like someone I knew really died. Great writing.

    • Keisha Samoht

      i like how they did it too, but it made me tear up when they got the letter from his wife that he died.

  • firefly

    Still to this day, I can’t watch lion king…..I just can’t Lol and I’m 27 sheesh….I’m about to cry just thinking about it =(

  • Precious

    Bambi’s mom though lol, sad! But Cochise and Dan were the ones that are still tear jerkers for me to this day! lol I never knew Torres and Omar were killed off though! Never seen those episodes, that would have sucked too. They left too many off the list though. Why not Raheim from ‘Juice’, (why, why, why Bishop!), Rick ‘Boyz N The Hood’, Radio Raheim ‘Do the Right Thing’, G-Money ‘New Jack City’. Just as devastating! lol

  • My dawg Mufasa

    When Mufasa died tho.. Real thug tears man

  • CoCo Lee

    What about Sister from the Original Sparkle??? or Rickey from Boyz n the Hood??

    • Keisha Samoht

      Sister upset me… i got mad as if Sister was my sister.

  • NeaJ

    Torres being killed off of ‘New York Undercover’ was the demise of that show. Without that duo, it was no longer worth watching. And I still get teary-eyed every time I see the episode of ‘Good Times’ when James died. Damn! Damn! Daaamn!! :'(

    • Keisha Samoht

      yeah i was watching reruns and saw that they added Tommy from Martin after Torres was killed off… i tried to watch the episode but Tommy kept distracting me… I kept saying i thought Tommy aint have no job? and the plot was boring…

  • Kim

    I was shocked when Bobby Singer from Supernatural was killed off. I cried like I lost my favorite uncle.

  • Keisha Samoht

    I was gone trip if y’all aint have Dr. Greene on here. His and Lucy (Kellie Martin) deaths were the saddest deaths on the show. Not counting the crazy way Dr. Ramano was killed off… They just dont make TV like that anymore; unless Chicago Fire can hold it down…

  • Mia

    I can’t believe yall left off the brother in Boyz in the hood, The daughters death in Steel Magnolias (Queen Latifah had me clutching my pearls as I reached for the kleenex box!) Blasphemous!

    • SheBe

      Yes! “Come on Rick wake up!” Ricky was TRAGIC!

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    • Dee

      YES! And what about Jack Dawson in Titanic?