Lawd Why! 15 Fictional Deaths We Never Got Over
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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?”
“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.”