One of the regular characters in 'The Simpsons' is to be killed off, it's been revealed.
Al Jean, one of the show's longest-standing executives, made the announcement while unveiling details of the series 25th season.
However, he would not say which character is for the chop.
“I’ll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won’t say who it is,” he said.
The show's regular cast members, who voice Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa, have all picked up Emmys for their performances.
However, fans shouldn't worry too much about one of the main family members biting the dust as guest artists Hank Azarian (Moe Szyslak and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon), Marcia Wallace (Edna Krabappel) and Kelsey Grammar (Sideshow Bob) have also won prizes for their work. Meanwhile Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer, also plays Krusty The Clown, Homer's father, Barney and Itchy and Groundskeeper Willie.
The show has seen many peripheral characters come and go over its 24 years and 531 episodes, but rarely has it taken the decision to kill them off.
The last major character to be killed off was Maud Flanders, the wife of Homer's neighbourino Ned Flanders, in 2000.
She met her demise after Homer ducked out of the way of a t-shirt cannon at the Springfield Speedway, the payload hitting Maude and knocking her from the grandstand.
Her rescue was then prevented by Homer's car being parked in the space reserved for ambulances.
She has returned as a ghost, through flashbacks and as the devil's wife in 'Treehouse of Horror XXII'. [Chortle]
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