‘Family Guy’: Brian
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TV characters who were killed off

‘Family Guy’: Brian
“Family Guy” shocked fans by offing one of its central characters in Sunday’s episode; family dog Brian was hit by a car. Here’s a look back at other popular TV characters who bit the dust.  (Fox)
‘The Walking Dead’: Lori Grimes
“The Walking Dead” has made a habit of killing off its main characters, including Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies), who died during childbirth.  (Gene Page / AMC)
‘Downton Abbey’: Matthew Crawley
Matthew (Dan Stevens) died in a car crash shortly after his wife gave birth to their son, making the close-ups on his bloodied face all the more tragic.  (Matthew Lloyd / For the Los Angeles Times)
‘Downton Abbey’: Lady Sybil
“Downton Abbey” killed off another fan favorite when Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay), pictured with actor Allen Leech, died after childbirth.  ( Carnival Films)
‘Mad Men’: Lane Pryce
After Lane Pryce (Jared Harris) was asked to resign in Season 5, the character was found hanging from the back of his office door, making the “Mad Men” episode one of the most stirring.  (Jordin Althaus / AMC)
‘Lost’: Mr. Eko
In the graphic and confusing tradition of “Lost,” Mr. Eko (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) sees his brother on the island and is then brutally murdered by the smoke monster. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
‘Two and a Half Men’: Charlie Harper
After Charlie Sheen’s public spats with “Two and a Half Men” producer Chuck Lorre, Sheen’s character (Charlie Harper) was offed when a jealous lover pushed him in front of a train in Paris.  (Greg Gayne / Warner Bros. )
“Sons of Anarchy”: Clay Morrow
Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) was central to the original cast of “Sons of Anarchy,” but he met his end at the hand of the man he’d raised as his own son, Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam)  (Prashant Gupta / FX)