Fans took to social media to grieve the death of Dr. Derek Shepherd on Thursday's episode

By Lindsay Kimble
April 23, 2015 10:45 PM
ABC

On Grey’s Anatomy, it’s usually “a beautiful day to save lives” – sadly, for one major character, however, Thursday night wasn’t one of them.

Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), one of the ABC drama’s original cast members, said goodbye during the emotional episode, titled “How to Save a Life,” after the show’s soundtrack mainstay by The Fray.

After heroically saving the lives of a family during a car accident, McDreamy is then T-boned by a truck as he’s driving away from the scene. Derek narrates the attempts to save his life, highlighting the mistakes made by his ill-prepared surgeons, before finally being declared brain dead. His wife, Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) tearfully pulls the plug.

Longtime Grey’s Anatomy viewers were shocked and devastated, making the show a trending topic on Twitter Thursday night. We’ve compiled some of the Internet’s best reactions.

Many viewers expressed outrage at show creator Shonda Rhimes, who dealt with similar backlash after last week’s Scandal shocker.

Next Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, “She’s Leaving Home” will be two hours. The show’s season finale airs on Thursday, May 14.

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