This Is How Roseanne Barr's Character Dies In 'The Conners'
Following the ugly Twitter rant that saw the 'Roseanne' revival canned, the fate of Roseanne Barr's character on spinoff 'The Conners' has been revealed -- and it's surprisingly real.
The series -- which follows the characters from the original Roseanne sans Roseanne Barr -- premiered on Tuesday, where it revealed that the Conner matriarch died from an opioid overdose.
The opening scene of the series shows the family gathered in the kitchen, mourning the loss of “Granny Rose” three weeks after her death, when Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) asks to speak to Dan (John Goodman) outside.
While the family initially thought she suffered a heart attack in her sleep, they soon discover that Roseanne died of an opiate overdose.
“I just got a call from a friend at the coroner’s office,” Jackie tells Dan. “The autopsy found that it wasn’t a heart attack. Roseanne OD’ed on opiates.”
“That’s not possible,” Dan replies. “We knew she had a problem. She was only on pain pills for two days after surgery, then it was just ibuprofen. It’s got to be wrong.”
“They think that she must’ve taken the pills right before bed, and with her health issues, it was enough to stop her breathing,” Jackie adds.
Throughout the premiere episode, the family discovers pills hidden in hiding places around the house -- including the closet and their freezer.
During an appearance on Brandon Straka’s Walk Away last month, Barr spoke out on her disappointment in regards to how the writers of the show decided to end the character of Roseanne's life.
“It wasn’t enough to [fire me], they had to so cruelly insult the people who loved that family and that show,” she said.
“There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s done. It’s over,” she said. “There’s no fight left.”
Meanwhile, following the show's premiere, Barr posted her own reaction to the news, saying on Twitter:
Opioid addiction is a prevalent issue of late, with the Centre for Disease Control estimating that drug overdoses now kill more Americans than either guns or car accidents -- that's 52,000 in 2015 alone.
As for Australians, death from opioids has grown exponentially, with 1,045 Australians aged 15-64 dying of an opioid overdose in 2016.