[Spoiler Alert!] Just Died On Grey’s Anatomy And The Internet’s Lost Its Mind

WARNING: This story contains spoilers about the latest episode of Grey's Anatomy.

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Grey's Anatomy fans are in a state of shock and who can blame them? The show’s creator Shonda Rhimes killed off a major character – the leading man, in fact – in Thursday night's heartbreaking episode called "How to Save a Life."

Dr. Derek Shepherd, more affectionately known as McDreamy, is dead.

After treating to save people who were involved in a car accident, Shepherd own car was hit by a truck. He later succumbed to his injuries due to the lack of proper health care at the hospital to which he was dispatched.

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Of course there was going to be a lot of reaction since diehard fans spent almost 11 years with the character and of course Rhimes had to release a lengthy statement on the episode to explain Shepherd’s sudden departure:

“Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character – for Meredith, for me and for the fans. I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our ‘Mcdreamy.’ Patrick Dempsey’s performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example – happy, sad, romantic, painful and always true – of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all. Now, Meredith and the entire Grey’s Anatomy family are about to enter uncharted territory as we head into this new chapter of her life. The possibilities for what may come are endless. As Ellis Grey would say: the carousel never stops turning.”

Dempsey, obviously, had a couple more lines to add:

“It’s been a remarkable ride,” he said. “The worldwide impact has been extraordinary. It is incredible how devoted and passionate the fans are, and I will forever be grateful and humbled by the experience.”

However, mere words from the actor and the executive producer were not enough to heal the emotional wounds of the show’s fans who can’t seem to get over the latest twist: