All 202 Dead Lesbian and Bisexual Characters On TV, And How They Died

People die. Characters die. This is perhaps life’s most unfortunate fact: that people will die and leave the rest of us behind. It’s incredibly rare that any dramatic television series lasting over three seasons will never kill a main or recurring character, and all those deaths have driven a stake through the heart of fandom: Joyce on Buffy, Lady Sybil on Downton Abby, Charlie on Lost, Ned Stark on Game of Thrones, Jen on Dawson’s Creek, Nate on Six Feet Under — but when the person who dies is a lesbian or bisexual character, queer fandom takes it pretty hard.

The history of lesbian representation on television is rocky — in the beginning, we seemed exclusively relegated to roles that saw us getting killed/attacked or doing the killing/attacking. And until the last five or so years, lesbian and bisexual characters seemed entirely unable to date an actual woman or stay alive for more than three episodes, let alone an entire run, of a show. Gay and lesbian characters are so often murdered on television that we have our very own trope: Bury Your Gays. We comprise such a teeny-tiny fraction of characters on television to begin with that killing us off so haphazardly feels especially cruel.

Not every death listed below was wholly uncalled for. In many genres, like soap operas and shows about vampires, zombies, criminals, or games of thrones, characters are killed on the reg. That’s a different trope — Anyone Can Die. Furthermore, shows composed entirely of queer characters will inevitably kill one. But regardless, they still add to the body count weighing down our history of misrepresentation.

And, due to the recent untimely death of Lexa on The 100, this week seemed like a good one to count down everybody we have lost over the years.

This list contains every television death of an OPENLY lesbian or bisexual or queer female character on a television show. With a handful of exceptions, these are all characters who appeared for more than one episode. The exceptions were deemed exceptional because something about the characterization still fits in with the Bury Your Gays trope. Victims-of-the-week from crime procedurals (Law & Order, Cold Case, CSI, Criminal Minds or older shows) or patients-of-the-week from hospital dramas (Chicago Hope, E.R.), aren’t on this list, as that is an entirely different kind of list, but recurring characters from those shows are on this list. Nor is subtext on this list, because we’re not gonna give Xena showrunners Queer Character Credit for a character they refused to make openly queer when she was really so obviously queer. You know? [ETA: Okay, I’ve added Xena after doing further research and because if one more commenter takes up space on this thread — a thread I’m using to find more characters to add, and also to engage with thoughtful/funny readers who have opinions and feelings — to tell me that I “forgot” Xena without reading this introduction, I will become the 200th dead lesbian and the cause of death will be “Walked off a cliff with a commenter in her arms. Murder-suicide.” But Xena will be the one and only inclusion based on subtext.] Also, although I’ve done tons of research, I haven’t personally seen all of these shows, so mistakes may very well exist, and feel free to politely inform me of them in the comments, or tell me about characters I may have missed — it’s especially helpful if you can tell me the cause of death and the year.

Unsure if this needs to be said but… SPOILER ALERT.


Every Regular or Recurring Lesbian or Bisexual Female Character Killed On Television

Julie, Executive Suite (1976)

Cause of death: Hit by a car. Her love interest had just walked into traffic after realizing her lesbianism and Julie was chasing her.

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Franky Doyle, Prisoner: Cell Block H (1980)

Cause of death: Shot by a police officer after escaping from prison

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Sharon Gilmour, Prisoner: Cell Block H (1980)

Cause of death: Pushed down the stairs by a corrections officer

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Karen O’Malley, Casualty (1987)

Cause of death: Head Injury

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Cecília, Vale Tudo (1988)

Cause of death: Car Accident

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Cicely, Northern Exposure (1992)

Cause of death: Shot by a gunman employed by the town’s evil overlord who doesn’t want to let the lesbians change his town. The shot was intended for her girlfriend Roslyn, but Cicely, who was already sick, blocked the bullet and died in Roslyn’s arms, thus magically healing the town’s long-simmering feuds and leading them to re-name the town “Cicely.”

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Talia Winters, Babylon 5 (1995)

Cause of death: Activated a sleeper personality that wiped out her actual personality, effectively killing her

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Beth Jordache, Brookside (1995)

Cause of death: Genetic heart condition, died in prison

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Susan Ross, Seinfeld (1996)

Cause of death: Toxic envelope glue

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Naomi “Tracy” Richards, Band of Gold (1996)

Cause of death: Stabbed herself

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Lucy, The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996)

Cause of death: Caught thieving and hanged

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Kathy, NYPD Blue (1997)

Cause of death: Shot by a hit man hired by her girlfriend Abby’s ex, who wanted to get rid of Kathy so she could get back together with Abby. Abby was pregnant at the time.

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Sondra Westwood, Pacific Drive (1997)

Cause of death: Murdered by a serial killer

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Jadzia Dax, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998)

Cause of death: Blasted by an alien-possessed alien

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Sonia Besirky, Lindenstraße (1998)

Cause of death: Drug overdose from medication given to her by her ex-lover’s husband

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Leila and Rafaela, Torre de Babel (1998)

Cause of death: Explosion in a shopping mall

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Susanne Teubner, Hinter Gittern (1999)

Cause of death: Shot during a bank robbery (she was a customer)

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Shaz Wiley, Bad Girls (2000)

Cause of death: Bomb, died in resulting fire

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Laura Hall, Shortland Street (2000)

Cause of death: Heart attack

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Diamond, Dark Angel (2001)

Cause of death: Used as a lab rat for research that killed her

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Xena, Xena the Warrior Princess (2001)

Cause of death: Beheaded

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Beate “Bea” Hansen, Hinter Gittern (2001)

Cause of death: Injuries from an explosion

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Jule Neumann, Hinter Gittern (2001)

Cause of death: Suicide

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Frankie Stone, All My Children (2001)

Cause of death: Murder Mystery!

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Bridgit, 24 (2001)

Cause of death: Shot by a man in front of her girlfriend

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Tara Maclay, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2002)

Cause of death: Shot in the heart by a stray bullet

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Kelly Hurst, Family Affairs (2002)

Cause of death: Pushed down the stairs by her lover’s husband

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Megan Hartnoll, At Home With The Braithwaites (2003)

Cause of death: Electrocuted in the bathtub

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Juliet Becker, The Bill (2003)

Cause of death: Stabbed

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Tina Greer, Smallville (2003)

Cause of death: Impaled through the chest on a large piece of wood during a fight with a male character

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Sandy Lopez, E.R. (2004)

Cause of death: Injuries sustained from fighting a fire in an abandoned warehouse

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Al Mackenzie, Bad Girls (2004)

Cause of death: Poisoned

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Hanna Novak, Verbotene Liebe (2004)

Cause of death: Stroke, died in her girlfriend’s arms

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Ines Führbringer, Hinter Gittern (2004)

Cause of death: Throat slit, died in girlfriend’s arms

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Thelma Bates, Hex (2004)

Cause of death: Murdered by a demon

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Flora, Deadwood (2004)

Cause of death: Beaten by a man who then forced a woman to shoot her with his gun

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Brenda Castillo, Charmed (2004)

Cause of death: Stabbed with a cursed blade by a man, causing her to rapidly age and then die

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Tosha, The Wire (2004)

Cause of death: Shot during a heist gone wrong

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Marissa Cooper, The O.C. (2005)

Cause of death: Car crash after being driven off the road by her drunk ex-boyfriend

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Servilla, Rome (2005)

Cause of death: Stabs herself in front of her rival house, inhabited by the mother of her lover

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Dusty, Queer As Folk (2005)

Cause of death: At a benefit at a gay club when a bomb went off

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Dana Fairbanks, The L Word (2006)

Cause of death: Breast cancer

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Helena Cain, Battlestar Galactica (2006)

Cause of death: Shot by her ex-lady-lover

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Manuela Wellmann, Hinter Gittern (2006)

Cause of death: Stabbed, died in girlfriend’s arms

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Maya Robertson, Hex (2006)

Cause of death: Hit by a car

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Natalie, Bad Girls (2006)

Cause of death: Bludgeoned to death with a brick

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Gina Inviere/#6, Battlestar Galactica (2006)

Cause of death: Set off a nuclear weapon

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Eve Jacobson/Zoe McAllister, Home & Away (2006)

Cause of death: Inside a building when it was blown up

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Van, Dante’s Cove (2006)

Cause of Death: Killed by the Shadows
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Angie Morton, Stritctly Confidential (2006)

Cause of death: Suicide. Jumped off a building.

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Rae Thomas, Passions (2007)

Cause of death: Stabbed

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Jay Copeland, Shortland Street (2007)

Cause of death: Strangled by the Ferndale strangler

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Lily Baker, Supernatural (2007)

Cause of death: Attacked and hung on a windmill by a demon

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Toshiko Sato, Torchwood (2008)

Cause of death: Shot

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Nicole Wallace, Law and Order: Criminal Intent (2008)

Cause of Death: Killed by another serial killer. (Wallace was a recurring character on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, appearing in 6 episodes.)


Franzi Reuter, Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten (2008)

Cause of death: Gas explosion

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Snoop, The Wire (2008)

Cause of death: Shot by a new dealer, who correctly believed she was about to shoot him

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Sarah Barnes, Hollyoaks (2009)

Cause of death: Skydiving accident, instigated by her ex who tampered with the parachute thinking it was Sarah’s activity partner’s parachute

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Olivia Lord, Nip/Tuck (2009)

Cause of death: Cardiac arrest during plastic surgery

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Jenny Schecter, The L Word (2009)

Cause of death: Murdered by Ilene Chaiken

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D’Anna Biers/Number Three, Battlestar Galactica (2009)

Cause of death: Decided she’d rather stay behind on the toxic wasteland that once was Earth with her ancestors than inevitably be killed by Cavil in the cold darkness of outer space.

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Doctor Marina Ranieri del Colle, Terapia D’Urgenza (2009)

Cause of death: Shot by the mother of a baby who had died despite Marina’s care. Died in her girlfriend’s arms.

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Silvia Castro León, Los hombres de Paco (2010)

Cause of death: Shot by gangsters directly after her wedding

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Isabella Kortenaer, Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden (2010)

Cause of death: Infection from slipping on the bathroom floor
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Dahlia, Legend of the Seeker (2010)

Cause of death: Confessed

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Amy Tyler, Sons of Anarchy (2010)

Cause of death: Shot in the neck by her girlfriend, who wanted to frame her for murder

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Sophia, Skins (2010)

Cause of death: Suicide. Jumped to her death in a dance club after buying MDMA from the girl she was obsessed with

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June Stahl, Sons of Anarchy (2010)

Cause of death: Shot in the back of the head

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HG Wells, Warehouse 13 (2011) (Resurrected in 2012)

Cause of death: Sacrificed herself to keep the rest of the Warehouse crew (especially Myka) from getting blown to smithereens.

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Marissa Tasker, All My Children (2011)

Cause of death: Shot by her jealous ex-husband

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Patty O’Farrell and Veronica Cortes, La Reina del Sur (2011)

Cause of death: Patty drives off a cliff with Veronica in the passenger seat — Veronica dies, but Patty doesn’t, so after waking up in the hospital, she kills herself.

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Susan Grant, Private Practice (2011)

Cause of death: Septic shock following cancer treatment, collapsed at her wedding

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Bizzy Forbes, Private Practice (2011)

Cause of death: Suicide after her wife died

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Queen Sophie Ann Leclerq, True Blood (2011)

Cause of death: Wooden bullet shot by American Vampire League snipers

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Gaia, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)

Cause of death: Head bashed in by a man she rejected

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Angela Darmody & Louise Bryant, Boardwalk Empire (2011)

Cause of death: Shot by a mobster

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Freya Wilson, Doctors (2012)

Cause of death: Saved a man from a housefire

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Nadia, Lost Girl (2012)

Cause of death: Stabbed while violently possessed

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Laure,Les Revenants (2012)

Cause of death: Disappeared along with a group of other police officers, assumed died while fighting the horde, precise cause unknown

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Cat MacKenzie, Lip Service (2012)

Cause of Death: Hit by a car

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Charlie, Home & Away (2012)

Cause of death: Life support shut off after a shooting left her unable to breathe on her own

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Wendy, American Horror Story: Asylum (2012)

Cause of death: Murdered by serial killer Bloodyface

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Lucretia, Spartacus: Vengeance (2012)

Cause of death: Murder-suicide, walked off a cliff with a baby in her arms

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Maya St. Germain, Pretty Little Liars (2012)

Cause of death: Bludgeoned by her ex-boyfriend/stalker

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Nora Gainesborough, True Blood (2013)

Cause of true death: Hep-V

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Beate, Bron/Broen (2013)

Cause of death: Accidentally via poisoned needle at her girlfriend’s hospital bed

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Natalie, Siberia (2013)

Cause of death: Unknown. Found dead in the woods.

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Annie, Siberia (2013)

Cause of death: Gunshot woundannie


Helen Bartlett, Scott & Bailey (2013)

Cause of death: Slit her wrists

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Clementine Chasseur, Hemlock Grove (2013)

Cause of death: Eaten by a Upir after being kidnapped, beaten and caged

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Nan Flanagan, True Blood (2013)

Cause of true death: Staked by Bill Compton

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Saxa, Spartacus (2013)

Cause of death: Sword attack during battle

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Shana Fring, Pretty Little Liars (2013)

Cause of death: Fell off a stage after being hit in the head with a gun

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Naomi Campbell, Skins (2013)

Cause of Death: Cancer

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Cristina, Tierra de Lobos (2013)

Cause of death: Head injury sustained during a scuffle with a jealous man who was going to shoot her

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Alisha, The Walking Dead (2013)

Cause of death: Shot by a 12-year-old girl

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Emily, Teen Wolf (2013)

Cause of death: Was about to have sex with her girlfriend in a tent when she was kidnapped by a swarm of cockroaches, tied to a tree, bludgeoned over the head, strangled and then had her throat slit (ancient druidic “triple death”) as the first virgin sacrifice of an evil druidess who was attempting, through ritual sacrifices, to amass sufficient power to get her revenge against the evil uber-Alpha Werewolf who had massacred her friends and horribly disfigured her.

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Alice Calvert, Under the Dome (2013)

Cause of death: Heart attack suffered from low blood sugar (she was a diabetic) after delivering another character’s baby

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Bullet, The Killing (2013)

Cause of death: Murdered by serial killer

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Tricia, Orange is the New Black (2013)

Cause of death: Drug overdose

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Texas Longford, Hollyoaks (2013)

Cause of Death: Shoved out a window on her wedding day by her husband.


Tina Patterson, Boss (2013)

Cause of Death: Murdered by order of Chicago’s mayor in order to destroy her girlfriend’s campaign.


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Lucy & Alice, American Horror Story: Freakshow (2014)

Cause of death: Bludgeoned with an axe by a puppet controlled by Lucy’s husband, Chester, who was suffering from PTSD and upset they won’t have a threesome with him

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Jana Murphy, The Following (2014)

Cause of Death: Suicide

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Uriel, Dominion (2014)

Cause of Death: Air strike

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Lucy Westenra, Dracula (2014)

Cause of death: Killed (turned into a vampire) by Dracula for betraying her ex-best-friend by sleeping with her fiancé

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Ana and Teresa, Amar en Tiempos Revueltos (2014)

Cause of death: Originally given a happy ending in 2012. The show was sold to another network and came back as “Amar es Para Siempre,” and viewers then learned that Ana and their son died in a fire, and Teresa died in the hospital as a result of injuries from the fire.

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Claire Bennet, Heroes Reborn (2014)

Cause of death: Died in childbirth from cardiac arrest from a traumatic seizure

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Victoria Hand, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2014)

Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the head

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Isabelle Hartley, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2014)

Cause of death: Car accident, SUV was flipped by the Absorbing Man

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Catriona, Doctors (2014)

Cause of death: Suicide after being attacked in a hate crime

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Nadia Petrova, The Vampire Diaries (2014)

Cause of death: Werewolf venom

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Reyna Flores, Matador (2014)

Cause of death: Shot

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Tara Thornton, True Blood (2014)

Cause of death: Took a bullet for her best friend (2009). Was then made vampire. Meets the true death while attempting to protect her mother from an H-Vamp. (2014)

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Leslie Elizabeth Shay, Chicago Fire (2014)

Cause of death: Pipe collapse while fighting a fire

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Kenya Rosewater, Defiance (2014)

Cause of death: Poisoned by her lover

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Sara Lance, Arrow (2014) (Resurrected in 2015)

Cause of death: Three arrows to the chest, causing her to fall off a building

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Rose, Crossbones (2014)

Cause of death: Throat slit by her girlfriend

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Rachel Posner, House of Card