5 Young & The Restless Characters Who Should’ve Never Been Killed Off


Soap opera fans tune in daily to their favorite shows because they simply become invested in characters and storylines. They truly care about the soap characters they watch. That is why when a beloved characters dies off, fans can become outraged, and often times devastated. The good news is, there are times when a character can be brought back to life, and re-enter a show. Then, there a times when this scenario is near impossible. When it comes to the land of Genoa City, soap characters have come back from the dead, and others might be gone for good. Regardless, there are times when fans simply wish that a character (despite being dead and gone) could live on, for a little while longer at least. Below are the top five Young and the Restless (Y&R) characters that should never have been killed off.

5. Delia Abbott

The storyline around Delia Abbott’s death was riveting. Fans saw the little girl battle cancer just months before, and successfully defeat the terrible illness. While Delia’s death was a shock, and provided some incredible acting from all the Y&R players involved, in a lot of ways, the drama that unfolded could have still occurred had the little girl lived. She surely would not have remembered who ran her over, and had she lived, only to overcome her injuries, the story could’ve offered a tremendous amount of guilt for Adam Newman. She was connected to so many key players within the show: Billy, Victoria, Chloe, Jill, and many, many more. In a lot of ways her death mirrored that of Cassie Newman’s passing in 2005. As such, while it was terrible to see a little character pass away, the storyline did not seem innovative, and felt a little like a ‘déjà vu’.

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4. Drucilla Winters

Wife of Neil and mother to Lily, Drucilla passed away in 2007 when a struggle with Phyllis causes her and Sharon to fall off a cliff. While Sharon was saved, Dru fell over with only her jacket found and no remains. It was a hard time for many Y&R fans, as the character had created a large impact on the show. Still, as no body was found, there is a slight possibility that Dru could return – however, the character would most likely be played by another actress. It’s no secret that Victoria Rowell has been at odds with the show, launching a lawsuit claiming she has not been brought back to the Y&R due to her outspokenness backstage as it relates to diversity on the set. In November 2015, the lawsuit was dismissed, however later that month Rowell relaunched the claim…and the drama (off screen) continues!

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3. Colleen Carlton

The storyline around Colleen’s death was one that rocked Genoa City and Y&R fans. Young Colleen was kidnapped by Patty Williams, and as she tried to escape, she drowned in a lake the same way her father Brad had passed away. It was an emotional storyline, as Colleen’s heart ended up being a perfect match for Victor, and while the two were somewhat enemies leading up to her death, it was Colleen who ultimately saved his life. Colleen’s death provided an intense storyline, from the moment she was taken from Patty, to the tearful goodbyes, to a grateful (and healthy) Victor Newman. Still, Colleen’s character was a wonderful addition to the Y&R show, and she had unique roots within Genoa City with her passing, there has been a gaping hole as it relates to Tracy Abbott. It was just all around tragic.

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2. John Abbott

Speaking of the Abbotts, the patriarch of the clan, John Abbott died in 2006 after he suffered a stroke. While he had lived a good life, in a lot of ways, Y&R fans continue to speculate as to why the writers decided to write John’s character off. This is because John continued to play such a vital and reoccurring role, even after his death, as a ghost that would visit Jack, and the rest of his to kids, to provide them with level-headed advice when it came to obstacles that life would throw at them. An interesting storyline, and a unique character to play, but it would have been nice if he simply did not die in the first place.


1. Brad Carlton

Brad Carlton exploded onto the Genoa City scene in 1985, and audiences fell in love with the handsome and charming young man who was eager to make an impact in the business world. The guy dated some pretty high-level Y&R ladies, including Nikki and Victoria Newman, Ashley and Tracey Abbott, as well as Sharon Newman. He truly was a staple when it came to the Y&R, which made it that much more shocking when he passed away in early 2009. What’s more shocking was the confirmation of it all: trying to save Noah Newman from drowning that winter, Brad unfortunately fell through the ice, and his body was later found by J.T. Really, a kind of soap opera death that does not leave a door (or even a window for that matter) of opportunity for him to return to the show. Thankfully, he’s found a good stint on the Bold and the Beautiful, but for avid Y&R fans, he will always be missed.

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Dorathy Gass

Dorathy Gass

Dorathy Gass is an avid fan of daytime drama and has been watching Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and Young and the Restless for over two decades now. As a full-time freelance writer, she gets to combine her love of soap operas and writing through her Fame 10 articles. Also a mother of two busy girls and a mommy blogger, she's been published multiple times over in Huffington Post Parents and Scary Mommy.