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Grey's Anatomy's Finale Had a Sad Goodbye — but These Deaths Were Way Worse

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We're just over here in the fetal position remembering all the fallen Grey's Anatomy characters

Destruction. Drama. Death. It's all just another shift for the doctors of Grey's Anatomy. Thankfully (and surprisingly), the Season 13 finale spared all of the current characters from an untimely demise — even though we did say goodbye to Dr. Stephanie Edwards.

And though the angel of death did not visit Seattle Grace last night, the past decade or so hasn't been as kind. In memoriam, we're taking a look back at some of the tragic deaths that have rocked our world — and it's really starting to seem like Shonda Rhimes is trying to destroy us one gut-wrenching loss at a time.

We're just over here in the fetal position remembering all the fallen Grey's Anatomy characters
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1. McDreamy

We're just over here in the fetal position remembering all the fallen Grey's Anatomy characters
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Let's start things off with a bang, shall we? There's been a ton of death on Grey's Anatomy, but nothing shook us to the core quite like when Dr. Derek Shepherd met his maker. McDreamy was taken from us suddenly in Season 11 after he was involved in a tragic car accident, and the scene where Meredith says her final goodbye to her husband still gives us chills.

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2. Samuel Norbert Avery

We're just over here in the fetal position remembering all the fallen Grey's Anatomy characters
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It's hard to witness the death of any character, but when a baby dies, it's just devastating. In Season 11, Jackson and April made the hard decision to induce labor early when they learned Samuel's rare medical condition was causing him pain in the womb — and sadly, he didn't make it. Samuel's death was really the beginning of the end of the Japril relationship.

3. Jimmy Evans

We're just over here in the fetal position remembering all the fallen Grey's Anatomy characters
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Alex Karev's father Jimmy Evans died a relatively peaceful death on the Season 10 winter premiere episode after a pretty tumultuous recurring role throughout the season. A former heroin addict and current alcoholic who beat his wife and sons when they were younger, Evans ditched Karev and his siblings early in life. As such, Karev has daddy issues, which manifested in a major way in season 10 after his girlfriend Jo proved Karev's patient was actually his father. Evans' health goes downhill after complications from his alcohol and drug abuse lead to cardiac arrest and, subsequently, a botched surgery at the hands of sleep-deprived, ego-trippin' intern Shane. Karev forgives his dad, tells him it's OK to let go and says goodbye for the last time.

4. Heather Brooks

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She may have been a bit overeager, but we liked Brooks. She was shaping up to be a real contender for favorite resident. Brooks tragically died in the Season 10 premiere after she got electrocuted in the basement trying to find Dr. Webber. Shepherd attempts surgery to save her life to no avail. Yikes.

5. Adele Webber

We're just over here in the fetal position remembering all the fallen Grey's Anatomy characters
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Chief Richard Webber's wife, Adele Webber, suffers through the last few seasons of her time on Grey's Anatomy with Alzheimer's. Even though Meredith Grey tampers with her and Shepherd's Alzheimer's drug trial to get Adele the medicine she needs, Adele's Alzheimer's continues to get worse. On the way to Bailey's wedding, Richard receives a call from the hospital telling him that Adele is on the way to the hospital. Bailey and Richard head to the hospital together, where Bailey immediately begins to work on Adele. They ended up working on her together, though, nearly causing Bailey to totally miss her own wedding. While the talented surgeons were able to save Adele's life on the table, the surgery proved too stressful for her heart and she died of a heart attack soon after.

6. McSteamy

We're just over here in the fetal position remembering all the fallen Grey's Anatomy characters
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Remember when Mark Sloan first came to Seattle Grace? Hello, Dr. McSteamy! Sure, he was a bit of a philanderer who wrecked Addison and Derek's marriage in the beginning of the series, but his growth and benevolence later more than made up for his initial shortcomings. He really made us swoon over his love for on/off girlfriend Lexie Grey, which ultimately kind of ended up being the death of him. When he, Lexie and several other Seattle Grace doctors go down in a plane crash, Lexie gets crushed beneath debris from the plane and dies. Sloan confesses his undying devotion to her in her final moments, lamenting that they were "supposed to end up together. We're meant to be." Although it appears for a time that he'll overcome his injuries, you get the sense the fight is gone from him now that he's lost Lexie, and he ultimately slips into a coma and dies in the Season 9 premiere.

Next up: Lexie Grey

Originally published February 2014. Updated May 2017.

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