Why Was Marissa Cooper Killed on 'The O.C.'? The Real Reason Behind 12 Infamous TV Character Deaths

By Kaitlin Reilly
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There's nothing more shocking than the death of a major television character, and TV writers aren't inclined to write off beloved characters lightly. It's a major creative decision to have a TV character meet an untimely death, and one that writers tend to give much thought before committing to. Of course, that's only when the actor or actress who portrays the character doesn't have a reason to drop out of the series. Though it pained fans to see these characters knocked off their respective TV series, once the actor had to go, so did the person they played onscreen. Check out the list of 12 TV stars who were killed off of their TV shows unexpectedly — along with the real reason behind their worldly departure.

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