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Grey’s Anatomy fans in shock as Derek Shepherd dies

Fans of Grey’s Anatomy are in a state of shock tonight after seeing Dr Derek Shepherd (played by Patrick Dempsey) killed off in an horrific car crash in Grey’s Anatomy.

In an episode written by series creator Shonda Rhimes, Shepherd had said to his wife Meredith “I’ll be back before you know it,” but after stopping to help at the scene of an accident the doctor himself was caught in a vicious crash with a semi-trailer. By the time his wife got to the hospital it was too late and she had to make the decision to turn off his life support.

The ABC network had managed to keep this storyline pretty close knit and secret after all Dempsey and Ellen Pomeo (who plays his wife Meredith) both had a year left on their contracts. Dempsey has also been a series regular since episode one.

The fall out will continue next week with a two hour episode.

Twitter reaction has been high as you can imagine.