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Dr. Lawrence Kutner Dies

April 7, 2009

Some of you may be asking…who?

Well, Dr. Lawrence Kutner is a fictional television doctor on House, starring Hugh Laurie, who committed suicide on last nights program.

I used to be a HUGE fan of the show but just haven’t had time to watch as much lately. Still, I’m saddened to see Kutner, played by Kall Pen, leave the show.

From the New York Daily News:

Popular television characters have been dying for years in stunning and unexpected ways, but few deaths have ever become the kind of instant communal experience that followed Monday night’s suicide of Dr. Harold Kutner played by actor Kal Penn on Fox’s “House.”

By the end of the show, viewers had been directed to an eerily authentic online memorial site,

The site includes a picture of Penn, Kutner’s birth and death dates, a mock obituary from a local newspaper, a handwritten note from fellow character Chris Taub saying he’s “p—ed off” and places for viewers/readers to add their own thoughts.

The site also offers a FaceBook link and other “information” about Kutner’s life, as well as memorial music composed by Hugh Laurie, the actor who plays Dr. Gregory House.

There’s a link to the real-life National Alliance on Mental Illness, which was promoted on-screen at the end of the show with a message inviting anyone with suicidal thoughts to call the Alliance number.

This blizzard of interactivity was almost as striking as the suicide itself, which came out of nowhere and left the characters on the show asking the same answer-less questions as the viewers.