Grey's Anatomy's Shonda Rhimes' Obituary For Mark Sloan image

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Saying goodbye.

On last night's episode of "Grey's Anatomy," entitled, Remember The Time, viewers saw how the character of Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) succumbed to his injuries from the crash which led to his death in the season premiere. Show creator and head writer, Shonda Rhimes, struggled with the difficult decision to kill Mark off, and as a tribute, wrote an 'obituary' to the popular character. The full obituary can be found in the current print issue of Entertainment Weekly, but an excerpt was shared as below:

"Last week, Mark Sloan succumbed to injuries sustained in the plane crash that took the life of fellow surgeon Alexandra Caroline Grey. By the time he died, he was no longer just a hot naked guy in a towel. He’d become more than McSteamy. Mark had grown to become a mentor, a true best friend, a father, and the love of Lexie Grey’s life.

After six seasons, the end of Mark Sloan was a great loss for me as a writer and for the show. And for the fans. I like to believe that Mark is with Lexie somewhere. That those two characters are spending eternity together, getting to have the relationship they were never able to have when they were alive. Because, as Lexie’s dying words told us, she and Mark were 'meant to be'.

Mark Everett Sloan died on September 27, 2012. He is survived by his daughter Sofia; his baby mamas, Callie and Arizona; his fellow doctors at Seattle Grace; and every woman who ever imagined what it might be like to have a little McSteamy between her sheets." will miss Mark Sloan. Feel free to leave your favorite memories of the character in the comment section.

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- Candace Young