Brian Griffin, Arguably the Smartest Member of the ‘Family Guy’ Family, Dies at 8
‘Family Guy’ Member Dog Brian Griffin Dies at 8
By Amber B
Brian Griffin, a white Labrador who had lived with the Griffins on “Family Guy” for 11 years, died on Sunday in front of the Griffin home on Spooner Street. He was 8. Or 56 in people years.
The cause of death was runoverness, sparked by a hit-and-run accident while Brian and mad genius toddler pal Stewie were preparing to play street hockey in front of their Quahog home.
Brian, whose shocking death (it’s a comedy, Seth MacFarlane!) appears to be a permanent storyline change, has already been replaced in the Griffin clan by Vinnie, a tough-talkin’ pooch the Griffins purchased at a pet store. Italian-American Vinnie, like Brian, also talks, and bears a striking resemblance to a New Jersey gangster (he’s being voiced by “Sopranos” alum Tony Sirico).
“This was an idea that got pitched in the writers’ room, and it sort of caught fire, and we thought it could be a fun way to shake things up,” showrunner Steve Callaghan told E! Online. “As soon as this idea came up, we started talking about what the next couple episodes could be, and we got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics and the characters.”
In fact, irate fans have already launched an online petition aimed at bringing their favorite cartoon pooch back from the dead.
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