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**SPOILERS FOR TONIGHT'S NEW EPISODE OF THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER**
They kill off the old, rich, fighting-with-his-children, divorced-then-remarried father/husband!
You want proof, don't you?
Ugly Betty was the first of the three examples. Bradford Meade: Old (check!), super rich (check!), constantly fighting with Daniel (check!), almost remarried-- died at the altar (almost check!)
Then came Gossip Girl and the car-crash death of Bart Bass: Fairly old (fairly check!), super rich (super check!), constantly fighting with Chuck (check!), divorced and newly remarried (check!).
Finally, tonight brought the The Secret Life of the American Teenager death of Marshall Bowman (via plane crash): Fairly old (check!), kinda rich (kinda check!), was in a fight with Grace when he died (mediocre check!), divorced and remarried (check!)
I would've thought their means of dying would've been similar, but not really. Ah well. A theory can only be so accurate.
Any other TV drama examples of the rich old mean husband/dad dying? Comment below!