Hawaii is a magical place, with sea and sun and little drinks with umbrellas in them. It’s easy to start thinking you are on vacation and not focus on your acting work. During the shooting of Lost, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Watros did too much partying and both received DUIs.
The creators and producers of Lost were mortified by the bad publicity and decided the actresses were too big of a liability. Soon after, both their characters, police officer Ana Lucia Cortez and Libby Smith, met their untimely end on the show.
Brett Butler, Grace Under Fire
Brett Butler made distinguished showings on Dolly Parton's ill-fated 1987 variety series, Dolly. Parton appointed Brett to write the rest of the show’s run, although it was shut down not long after due to consistently poor ratings. Butler wasn’t to be stopped though, becoming a star in the ABC Television show, Grace Under Fire, enjoying a good run from 1993 to 1998.
She was eventually dismissed from Grace Under Fire, however, due to prescription medication problems. The actress revealed in TV Guide how terrible the experience was for her. In just one day, she lost her husband, got booted from the show and had to give her beloved dog to her sister. Since then, Brett Butler regained her stardom in Anger Management and appeared in two episodes of The Leftovers.
T.R. Knight, Grey’s Anatomy
T.R. Knight played the character of Dr. George O’Malley on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy. He was fired from the show after five seasons and his character was killed off due to what he strangely described as a “breakdown of communication” with show creator Shonda Rhimes.
Knight has publicly accused Rhimes of firing him after he came out as gay, but she emphatically denies these allegations. He must have made somebody angry, though, because his character was hit by a bus, horribly disfigured and died shortly after.
Dominic Monaghan, Lost
Dominic Monaghan played the role of the complex character, Charlie Pace, on the series Lost. Charlie died a hero’s death, choosing to sacrifice himself for the other survivors on the island at the end of season 3. Charlie may have died for a reason, but the reasoning behind the decision may have not been as inspiring.
Monaghan did not get along with fellow castmate Matthew Fox and openly shared his opinions about the direction he believed his character should go. The actor has stated that he was relieved to hear about his character’s death, because he was unhappy playing a small role in a large cast.
Isaac Hayes, South Park
Isaac Hayes was the iconic voice of Chef on Comedy Central's animated classic, South Park, for years. The show is famous for holding nothing sacred and manages to offend a lot of people in the process. On one occasion, the creators went too far, according to Hayes, and the actor got so offended that he decided to quit the show.
He did not approve of the way the show poked fun at the religion of Scientology. It seems like Hayes and South Park’s creators did not have an amicable parting because his character was killed off in an extremely gruesome way.