Family Guy: Death Comes to a Major Character

'Family Guy' Death: Brian, R.I.P.
From left: Peter, Meg, Stewie, Lois, Chris and Brian Griffin

11/25/2013 AT 08:15 AM EST

Brian, the Griffin family's cerebral canine on the animated Fox series Family Guy, died on Sunday night's episode. He was 11.

Cause of death was his being run over by a car.

"You've given me a wonderful life. I love you all," were Brian's final words, spoken to the Griffins in voice of series creator Seth McFarlane.

Brian is survived by his family, Peter, Lois, Meg and Chris, as well as best friend and sometimes sparring partner Stewie, the baby genius who was unable to fix his broken time machine in time to save his pooch.

A lifelong liberal, Brian loved a good martini, mocking his own family and writing awful fiction.

In lieu of flowers ... oh, never mind.

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