This story contains significant details of Tuesday's premiere of ABC's "The Conners."
R.I.P., Roseanne Conner.
Viewers learned that the television matriarch had died at the top of Tuesday's premiere of "The Conners," the derivative comedy that replaced "Roseanne" after an episode. The racist tweet of the star Roseanne Barr led her to her dismissal and the cancellation of the best sitcom.
The cause of death? The use of opioid drugs that aggravated existing health conditions.
Barr, perhaps not surprisingly, took a different tactic in a tweet, the form of communication that got her in trouble in the first place, shortly after the episode aired on the East Coast.
"I'M NOT DEAD, BITCHES !!!" she wrote.
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There had been much speculation that death would be the only way a new series about the working class Conners would explain the permanent absence of the person in the center of the family.
John Goodman, who plays Roseanne's husband, Dan, let slip that Roseanne dies in a summer interview with a British news outlet, but ABC, the producers and the stars had been the mother over the fate of the character.
Later, in Tuesday's episode, to the surprise of Conners, it was revealed that opioids played a role in Roseanne's death. Family members thought his heart was the cause, but Roseanne also had a problem with painkillers last season due to knee pain.
Dan found a way to pay for surgery on his knee and said he threw away all his drugs, or so he thought. A search of the house by Roseanne's sister, Jackie, and her daughter, Darlene, revealed a secret pill hiding place.
Family members (Laurie Metcalf, left, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and John Goodman) learn how matriarch Roseanne Conner died at the premiere of the series of "The Conners," a & # 39; Roseanne & # 39; Armed spinoff quickly after the dismissal of Roseanne Barr and the cancellation of The iconic comedy in May. (Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC)
Jackie broke the news: "I received a call from a friend in the coroner's office. The autopsy found that it was not a heart attack. Roseanne OD on opioids. "
Dan was surprised. "That's not possible, we knew she had a problem, she only took painkillers for two days after the surgery, and then it was just ibuprofen, it must be wrong."
Jackie: "Well, I wish it were, but they think he should have taken the pills just before bed, and with his health problems it was enough to stop his breathing."
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