The character, who’s been voiced by show creator Seth MacFarlane in all 11 seasons, died after getting run over by a car in a tearjerker that left fans on Twitter scrambling for tissues and answers.
Never thought Family Guy could make me tear. #RIPBrian
— Mauro Carignano (@maurex23) November 25, 2013
On Trendrr, the show went from being the 22nd most-trending show of the week to the 7th for last night’s episode.
Dumb (@emariotti8) November 25, 2013
— Vee-Money (@vee1money) November 25, 2013
The outrage has moved beyond social TV circles: Change.org has filed a petition asking Fox to bring back the character, with over 1,500 people signing so far.