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Susan Ross, 'Seinfeld'
Season 7, Episode 24: "The Invitations"
Cause of death: Licking toxic glue on cheap wedding invitations
Why it was a shock: Tackling death on a sitcom and then playing it for laughs is a tricky proposition, but Larry David (in his second-to-last episode as a writer) struck just the right tone with the final episode of the show's seventh season, in which George's prickly fiancee Susan dies from licking too many cheap envelopes made with toxic glue while mailing out wedding invitations. The shock derives not just from the fact that David dared to kill off a semi-major character (though her death was certainly a surprise) but that he managed to nail the tone of her untimely demise so perfectly.
- Chris Eggertsen