Whether or not you still watch it, the fact that The Simpsons has been on the air for a staggering thirty-one years now is an incredibly impressive feat - the question of whether it should continue on at this point is a whole other matter though.
Over the years, we've become accustomed to Springfield's colourful cast of oddballs but much like in the real world, death catches up to us all in the end and The Simpsons has never been afraid to off major characters in a heart-beat.
For the purposes of this list, we shan't be including any fictional characters such as Itchy, Scratchy, or Poochie - who as we all know, died on the way back to his home planet in that show's canon.
We will also not be including characters who were shown to die in flashbacks, Treehouse of Horror episodes, or one-shot characters who only appeared briefly in one scene and their death was a punchline. Confirmed canonical deaths of long-running or episode centric characters only for this one, otherwise, we'd be here for an absolute eternity.
So get the tissues ready, we're paying tribute to all of our favourite Springfieldians that have sadly perished.