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'Family Guy' Kills Off Major Character

Family Guy viewers pay a shocking visit to Quahog on Sunday night as they witness the death of one of the show's main characters. 

Family Guy viewers paid a shocking visit to Quahog on Sunday night as they witnessed the death of one of the show's main characters. During Sunday's “Life of Brian” episode of Family Guy, the Seth MacFarlane-produced series killed off a major character when the Griffin's sophisticated talking family dog, Brian, was struck and run over by a car as he prepared to play in the street with Stewie. Ultimately, his injuries were too severe and he could not be saved.

"You've given me a wonderful life. I love you all," he said before flat-lining as the Griffin family watched tearfully.

Brian's death came after Stewie's time machine was broken and could not be repaired, despite his best efforts. The family later bid farewell to their smart-talking dog during an emotional funeral. Jumping ahead a month, the Griffins adopted a fast-talking new dog named Vinny, who is voiced by The Sopranos' Tony Sirico, and helps comfort Stewie in the wake of his devastating loss.

Brian and Stewie are the backbones of the series and often team to mock Griffin family patriarch Peter. Brian is one of several characters voiced by MacFarlane, who also brings Peter, Stewie, Glenn Quagmire and countless others to life on the series. 

Shortly after the episode concluded Sunday, Fox paid tribute to Brian with a short video. Check out the clip, below:

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.