If you don’t want to know which character passed away, stop reading here.
We are saddened to announce that DeDe Pritchett, played by Shelley Long, has ascended into primetime eternity. DeDe was the ex-wife of Jay (Ed O’Neill) and mother of Claire (Julie Bowen) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson).
Claire learned in a phone call that DeDe died peacefully in her sleep, prompting family members to reminisce about the feisty and sometimes-critical DeDe. And she stayed true to her character in the end. In a voice message she left Claire, DeDe can be heard saying: “I saw your new photo on social media. Are you part of some protest where you’re not allowed to wash your hair?”
But given that DeDe had appeared on the show a mere seven times before Wednesday’s “Good Grief” episode, Twitter didn’t take the loss so hard.
when I think of a significant death, I always think of the person whos been in seven episodes in 10 years.#ModernFamily
— Guy Smiley (@GuySmiley11) October 25, 2018
tbh i’m a little sad what is probably our last halloween episode (and first after a dry spell) overshadowed by the death of my least favorite (and most annoying character) #modernfamily
— Calamity Jane (@ClamityJane4) October 25, 2018
that was the modern family death? man i’m disappointed
— chidi anna kendrick (@adeIedazeem) October 25, 2018
And props to this guy for guessing correctly.
Modern family death, my guess is either Dede or Phil’s dad.
— Michael (@MichaelLeHarvey) October 14, 2018