Patrick Dempsey

First his wife of 15 years files for divorce and now this... Patrick Dempsey's TV character Dr. Derek Shepherd was killed off in Thursday's episode of the long-running TV drama Grey's Anatomy.

The show's exec. producer Shonda Rhimes apparently decided someone had to die, and it might as well be the good doctor, who was run over by a truck as he bent down to pick up his cell phone after saving four lives.

The paroxysms of anger expressed online by distraught Grey's Anatomy fans were swift and unsettling.

Rhimes immediately issued a statement after mourners hanged her likeness in effigy on

"Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character -- for Meredith, for me and for the fans. I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our 'McDreamy.' Patrick Dempsey's performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example -- happy, sad, romantic, painful and always true -- of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all. Now, Meredith and the entire 'Grey's Anatomy' family are about to enter uncharted territory as we head into this new chapter of her life. The possibilities for what may come are endless. As Ellis Grey would say: the carousel never stops turning."

ABC network also released a statement.

Dr. Derek Shepherd is an iconic character and we’ve been proud to be the home of 'McDreamy' and the 'Mer/Der' love story," the network's statement read. "The devotion of 'Grey’s' fans throughout the years has been a testament to the creative mind of Shonda Rhimes and Dempsey’s talent. 'McDreamy' will be greatly missed and we wish Patrick the very best in his future endeavors."

Patrick Dempsey

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  • MisUnderstood

    Morting Roses :hug: I don't normally watch Grey Anatomy but have been the last 5 episodes. Derek's wife acted all weird to his death. I actually like the episode. Ion curr much for the characters so I won't be missing him.

  • Meme81

    :hi: Morning, all.

    McDreamy is dead? I think that's an indication that Grey's might be ending.

  • MissL

    Morning meme morning aunty I haven't watched this show since they fired Isaiah Washington that's when it lost it's fire imo time to cancel all together

  • #missyJSays

    I didn't like it but once Derek said he was leaving after this season I knew they had to. Derek and Mer were not going to divorce. This is the first funeral tho. With all the cast deaths...

  • thriftStoreJungle

    morning auntie and roses. this guy is a looker :hump: i wish his character could remain and sandra oh could get killed off... is she still on there?

  • Mother Of Dragons, Shopaholic, Geek

    For some reason I thought this was the final season of this show...but I don't watch so I'm Jon Snow to all of this.

  • Long Time Lurker

    So this is why Lurk14 was moping around this morning. All she would say was Grey's was too much last night.

    She watches is religiously, but I've probably seen 2 full episodes, ever. And that was just for the thick Latina that likes the ladies. :lick:

  • Vanna is the root of all evil

    Gd morning!

    I aint thought about greys anatomy since she wrote off Isaiah Washington sexy self. I loved him in romeo must die I believe he like that in real life. He has a dark side

  • kamadiva

    Good morning, Good People!!!

    I don't really watch Grey' the last 5mins so I don't miss Scandal (but been missing that lately and having to watch it via DVR).

    How is everyone this morning!? I am tired...stayed up waayyy too late doing absolutely NOTHING!!!! I did watch Scandal around was ok...but glad to see she caught on!

  • Phrozen1der

    He wasn't really in this season anyway after he departed for "Johns Hopkins", which like Sandra Oh is ALWAYS an indicator of the character leaving..... I think killing them off makes it more dramatic though... Morning folks :hi:

  • Phrozen1der

    I came home later, I just saw him in the bed..what happened to him?

  • lovezoe

    I record the last fifteen minutes of Grey's so I saw it. Man, I cried. She was like just go. We'll be okay. The lady was like Are you ready?" That was just It. :(

  • lovezoe

    JL- Girl, you got to give me advanced warning :lol: I got bday party this weekend.

  • lovezoe

    I came home later, I just saw him in the bed..what happened to him?
    Saved a bunch of people from a car reck, just to get hit by tractor trailer.

  • ShadeQueen46

    Heyyyy yallll!

  • lovezoe

    Why Michael Jai White talking bout him and his WIFE. Maybe we need to do a dopamine lost in him.

  • kamadiva

    from Downstairs:

    Big Sean - I gots nothing for this. How old is he? Don't matter...I still got nothing!

    IF I was in Black Chyna's shoes, I wouldn't have posted/said anything! I don't give 2 fukks about another chick wit an EX! Nor will I give anyone the satisfaction of thinking they are or what they say is in any way, shape, form of fashion affecting my thoughts and life! This ain't how I am built! Eventually, Lil Kim K wannabe, Kylie, will be left by the wayside just like Chyna there will be another pretty face (or ass) to catch his eye.

  • iWasteTime

    Good Morning Roses :wave:

    I don't watch the show but he is handsome and I agree it looks Greys will be ending soon.

    TGIF :buttshake:

  •!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

    Never seen this show a day in my life :tea:

    Was faux arguing with my ex boo last night :shrugs:

  • kamadiva

    @User - Was faux arguing with my ex boo last night :shrugs:


    ...for great make-up sess???? :thumbsup: I do that sometimes too!

  • VDot

    This show is still on? :shocked:

    McDreamy was sexy :heart: I stopped watching around the 3rd season.

  • VDot

    What were yall faux arguing aboutm :popcorn: Yall hooking up this weekend?

  • lovezoe

    What sing atart with I love when you get on your knees and make me disappear like magic?

  • lovezoe

    :newpost: Tidal

  •!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

    V: why i stopped calling/texting/responding way bk in december.

    Kama: dude dam near a eunoch. Not really but he dont hv sex. I dont either but its not on purpose.

    (I hv no idea how eunoch is pronounced but i know wt it means :rofl: ) you-nick? You-nock? Eww-nosh?

  •!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

    Oan its eunuch :lol: not eunoch. :hahaha:

  • #missyJSays

    :newpost: y'all

  • kamadiva

    @LoveZoe - What sing atart with I love when you get on your knees and make me disappear like magic?


    Jamie Fox song with Chris Brown - You Changed Me

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  • whitty hutton

    I stopped watching this show when the isaiah Washington flap happened. Ask me if I care.

  • JerseyMom

    Shondra is about to get her n****a moment.