After last night’s Glee, an emotional tribute to Finn Hudson (without revealing his cause of death but rather focusing on his life), we decided to look back at how other television shows have handled a death in the family. The scenario can be traced back to Dan Blocker’s unexpected death before filming began on Bonanza‘s final season. As a result, Bonanza was one of the first (if not the first) television show to address an actor’s death, and it did so by killing off Hoss, Blocker’s character. Many shows have followed that same path, while others found ways to shift the show’s focus, replace an actor, or even use old footage to give someone a proper goodbye.
Here’s a look at how other shows have reacted to an unexpected real-life death: READ FULL STORY