Grey's Anatomy star Jeffrey Dean Morgan begged Shonda Rhimes not to kill him off

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan had one of the saddest deaths on Grey’s Anatomy, but it turns out the actor didn’t want to be killed off at all.

The Supernatural star joined the long-running show in the second series as heart patient Denny Duquette.

He had an emotional romance storyline with Dr Izzie Stevens with the pair even getting engaged after Denny had a successful heart transplant.

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But it wasn't meant to be, and just as things were looking up for Denny, the popular character suffered from a blood clot and died alone from a stroke.

Morgan said he tried to persuade the show's creator Shonda Rhimes to save his character.

"That’s the one time that I saw my death coming, and I was trying everything I could do to get out of that death," he said on Hot Ones.

"That character, Denny, and that love story with Izzie kind of took the world by storm. I knew how f**king lucky I was to be there."

"I was like, ‘Please don’t kill me! I will do anything'," he continued. "I did. I begged her."

But it wasn't the last viewers saw of Denny, with the character reappearing in later seasons.

Following Meredith's near-drowning in season three, Denny appeared in her limbo and told her not to give up.

The character was seen again in season five in a much-criticised storyline where he appeared as a hallucination to Izzie who was suffering from a brain tumour.

Katherine Heigl, who played the unlucky-in-love doctor recently opened up about her time on the show, after she left in season six.

She explained that she found it a struggle to balance life with a new baby and the demanding filming schedule.

"I never saw that baby," she said. "I was at work with three triplets who were playing my goddaughter and I spent more time with them than I did with my new daughter and she bonded with my husband.

"So, I was always afraid that I had missed that opportunity to really bond with her and that she didn’t love me."

Grey's Anatomy season 19 airs on Thursdays on ABC in the US. The show streams on Disney+ in the UK, where new episodes premiere on Wednesdays.

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