‘The Simpsons’ Death Of Larry The Barfly Has Fans Mourning A Character We Hardly Knew

His name is…or, rather, was, Larry Dalrymple. He was not mentioned very much on The Simpsons, but he was a longtime patron of Moe’s Tavern, drinking his life away and earning the nickname “The Barfly.”

Through 35 years, he held down a stool at Moe’s. And now, he’s gone, and fans of The Simpsons can’t bear the loss.

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Social media is in deep mourning for the animated Larry, whose demise was revealed in the latest episode of The Simpsons. He dropped dead in Cremains of the Day, the season 35 episode that aired this past Sunday.

Tim Long, a co-executive producer, said that the creative team of the show intended to shock and awe viewers. Talking with TMZ, he said that while he was sorry if the plot point upset fans, it points out how beloved the show is.

The Cremains of the Day episode dealt with the aftermath of Larry’s death, as Homer, Moe, Carl, and Lenny as they attended Larry’s funeral. They realized they knew very little about him despite all their time spent together.

Other characters who have died during the show’s run include Ned Flanders’ first wife, Maude (who has reappeared in flashbacks), Lisa’s mentor, Bleeding Gums Murphy, and Krusty’s dad, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky.

A new episode of The Simpsons airs May 5 on Fox.

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