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Joyce Summers, 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'
Season 5, Episode 16, 'The Body'
Cause of death: Brain aneurysm
Why it was a shock: Everyone dies but rarely has an episode of television hammered home the numb shock it causes. The death of Buffy's mom, Joyce (Kristine Sutherland) comes without warning in the first minutes of the episode, Joyce's lifeless eyes staring into the ceiling with no preamble. Creator Joss Whedon chose to forgo a musical score as Buffy calls 911 and tries to revive her mother in an uninterrupted take that lasts over five minutes, unflinching in its realism and the helplessness survivors feel in the face of death of a loved one.
- Donna Dickens