Tuesday, May 28, 2024

RIP George Cooper, Sr. in Long Expected Death from Heart Attack on “Young Sheldon” (Read Chuck Lorre’s Statement)

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For the last seven seasons, the death of George Cooper Sr. has lurked on “Young Sheldon.”

Fans of “The Big Bang Theory” knew the day would come on the prequel spin off series when George, played by Lance Barber, would die of a sudden heart attack. It was inevitable.

George died tonight in the penultimate episode of the series. He had just learned he was getting a promotion, too, and moving to Houston to coach football at Rice University.

Alas, it was not to be. At the end of tonight’s episode, just as the Cooper family was planning to take a group photo, George’s pals turned up and announced his death.

The reaction to the death will be played out on the final episode next week. Rest in peace, George. At least you don’t have to watch the sequel series next fall, which I think will turn out like “AfterMASH.”

Below is EP Chuck Lorre’s card at the end of the credits, which reminds us to “love the characters in our life who are real.”

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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