'Modern Family' is killing off a main character next season

Modern Family will kill off character. Photo by Jason Merritt and Getty Images.

"Modern Family" fans should prepare to grieve next season.

Series co-creator Christopher Lloyd said in Season 10, which premieres later this month, a main character will die.

"We're handling some bigger life events in this season," Lloyd told Entertainment Weekly.

"We do deal with a death, which is certainly a topic that families have to deal with, and on television, it's not easy to do because that's a heavy subject. But at the same time, it would seem unusual for a family not to go through it."

As for hints of who it might be, Lloyd said it's a "significant character on the series ... [the death] will be a moving event and an event that has repercussions across several episodes."

The show, which first premiered on 2009, stars Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and Jeremy Maguire.

There's been speculation Season 10 will be "Modern Family's" final one.

September 26 on ABC.

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