(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”)
“Grey’s Anatomy” delivered a crushing blow on Thursday by killing off one of the ABC drama’s most beloved characters.
After being a staple on the show for over a decade, Patrick Dempsey played the hero for the last time as Dr. Derek Shepherd saved the lives of three young people after a car crash, only to be gravely injured himself in a tractor-trailer collision.
Fans prayed that McDreamy would pull through but by the time wife Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) arrived at the remote hospital — which the doctors claimed “was not a trauma center” — he was already brain dead.
Meredith was forced to pull the plug on the love of her life and the father of her children — causing viewers to collapse into floods of tears and via Twitter.
“Crying my eyes out,” one user wrote. “I don’t think I can ever feel happiness again, my soul is destroyed,” another distraught fan tweeted.
“I bet Seattle Grace has the record for most dead employees,” another noted, referring to the long-list of characters who have been killed off.
Some fans even vowed that they were done after one of the most romantic couples on TV had been ripped apart.
Read some of the heartfelt tweets below.
I have never cried so hard over a television show since Friends ended. #GreysAnatomy
– Deanna Michelle (@deanna_michelle) April 24, 2015
Ten years of commitment to one of the best shows on television and they ruined it for me in 60 minutes. #GreysAnatomy
– swerve. (@MorganSaraaa) April 24, 2015
I bet Seattle Grace has the record for the most dead employees #GreysAnatomy
– Justine. (@justinebenard) April 24, 2015
– Roz Weston (@rozweston) April 24, 2015
If your tweets aren’t #GreysAnatomy related, please close your twitter app and come back tomorrow. We need a minute.
– Matthew Hughes (@youfeenmylife) April 24, 2015
Speak for yourself. I won’t be fine! #GreysAnatomy
– Lynette Rice (@Lynetterice) April 24, 2015
Girl in a bar. Everyone drink #GreysAnatomy
– Natalie Abrams (@NatalieAbrams) April 24, 2015