Watch The Goldbergs' Touching Tribute To George Segal Following Co-Star's Death

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While The Conners delivered a pretty shocking fictional death to fans this week, The Goldbergs cast and crew are continuing to mourn the real-world loss of co-star and acting icon George Segal. The Just Shoot Me and Look Who's Talking vet passed away recently at the age of 87, leaving behind a laundry list of enjoyable film and TV performances. It's disappointing that he won't be around to add to The Goldbergs' '80s-fueled madness, but the ABC comedy thankfully put together a very sweet and touching tribute video to remind us all of the good times.

The April 7 episode of The Goldbergs, titled "Couple Off," is reportedly the final episode that George Segal was able to film. Thus, it was the perfect time to break out a clip-filled tribute video honoring Segal's work as the long-running show's kooky patriarch. Check it out below!

George Segal died on March 23 as the result of complications experienced after bypass surgery. The loss was mourned by many in Hollywood, especially from those who worked with him closely over the years. Segal appeared to maintain his bright-eyed and bushy-tailed presence on every set he worked on, and it'll take some adjustments to get used to The Goldbergs without Pops Solomon around anymore.

After such a lengthy career that started off back in the 1960s, George Segal largely left the acting world behind. Save for his regular duties as The Goldberg's Pops, Segal doesn't have any upcoming roles for fans to look forward to in the same way many other actors do whey they face untimely deaths. Beyond The Goldbergs, George Segal most recently appeared on The Simpsons. lending his voice for the 2018 season's "Heartbreak Hotel."

At least we almost definitely don't need to worry about seeing anyone attempting to fill the role down the line, considering I don't think anyone working on the show would even want a replacement. No one compares to Segal, although I would admittedly be amusingly interested in seeing Jeff Garlin going through a lengthy makeup routine that turns him into Pops, at least in spirit...for one episode.

In a coincidental bit of unfortunate TV timing, George Segal passed away exactly one day ahead of Arrested Development's Jessica Walter, with whom he'd co-starred in TVLine's Retired at 35. It seems like they would be a pretty awesome duo to follow around in the afterlife.

The Goldbergs Season 9 is still airing Wednesday nights on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET. Our thoughts and condolences continue to go out the family and friends of George Segal in their time of mourning.

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