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"Family Guy" Fans Upset Because Of Beloved Character's Death

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Image of Brian the dog from "Family Guy". (Credit: CNN) Image of Brian the dog from "Family Guy". (Credit: CNN)

Why did "Family Guy" decide it was time to kill one of its main characters Brian, the Griffin family's dog?

On Sunday, "Family Guy" fans said goodbye to one of their favorites as Stewie tearfully watched his furry friend lay dying after being struck by a car.

After Brian's death, fans took to Twitter in shock - "NO NO NO NO !!!!! I AM NOT AMUSED AT ALL!!!" and "I AM NOT OK WITH THIS FAMILY GUY DEATH. NOT OK!!!" were some of the posts.

One loyal watcher in Alabama started a petition on Change.org urging Fox to bring Brian back.

Click here to view a Facebook page set up to urge Fox to bring Brian back.

Now that Brian is gone, a new dog Vinny, voiced by "The Sopranos'" Tony Sirico, will join the family. Sirico was Paulie Walnuts on the iconic HBO drama. Callaghan explained why the show runners felt they needed to replace Brian right away.

"It felt like the way that this show was conceived by Seth all those years ago, it was this entire family unit including the parents, kids and a dog," he said. " So by losing Brian, it felt like a void needed to be filled both comically, and also for the interpersonal relationships between all the characters.  We felt that we needed to fill that role."

He added that show creator Seth Macfarlane is a big "The Sopranos" fan, so the addition of Sirico just made sense.

"[He] always loved Tony Sirico in particular and he thought it would be fun to write a character based around his voice and his personality and just who he is as an actor," he added. "Brian was very smart and studios and intellectual, and Vinny is just a lot more of a rough around the edges."

So far, the creators of the show have not responded to fans.

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