Dusty was found in the research lab. (Soaps.com)

A soap star’s life is never dull: they can be drug addicts one day and hospital administrators the next. But one thing is certain: death is always right around the corner. Last Friday the unthinkable happened in Oakdale: Dusty Donovan was killed!

Grayson McCouch, Dusty, joined the cast in 2003. Since his arrival he has built a loyal fanbase because of his relationship with Jennifer and their son Johnny. That also helped Dusty reconnect with the Munson family. However, after Jennifer’s death everyone in town began to notice that Dusty was more withdrawn than ever before.

Late in 2007 he began an affair with Lily but callously called it off when Emily returned to town. He has been feuding with Chris Hughes and Evan Walsh IV in recent months, too. The affair, combined with a one-night-stand he had with Emily on New Year’s Eve and the hospital feud put a huge spotlight on Dusty.

He was killed on January 18, 2008 when someone poisoned him at the hospital party for MEMO21.

Fans are outraged at the killing of their favorite Oakdale resident and have let their feelings be known. Here is what a few of them had to say:

Jen08 said, “I don’t know why they have to kill off main characters like him, when they could just as easily have him leave town until they come up with another storyline for him.”