ABC President on Killing Patrick Dempsey Off on Grey's Anatomy: It Was a 'Difficult Decision'

When Grey’s Anatomy returns for season 12 in September, it will be without leading man Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd.

Fans are still reeling from McDreamy’s sudden death in April – and at the Television Critics Association’s press tour Tuesday, ABC’s president discussed the network’s “difficult decision” to have him die in a car crash.

Patrick Dempsey Finishes Second in France's Top Auto Race

It was a dreamy finish for McDreamy.

Patrick Dempsey earned a spot on the podium in one of the world’s best-known auto races after he came in second at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours on Sunday in France.

Patrick Dempsey's Costars Open Up: 'We're So Sad to See Him Gone'

The death of Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd shocked fans of Grey’s Anatomy, but Patrick Dempsey’s costars have been mostly quit about what it’s been like to go on without him.

Grey's Anatomy: Meredith Mourns Derek's Death, Welcomes New Life

Raise your hand if you’re still crying.

Once the tragic news was delivered, everyone at Grey Sloan Memorial had to mourn the abrupt demise of Dr. Derek Shepherd in his or her own way on Thursday’s two-hour episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

Grey's Anatomy: See How Meredith Breaks the News About Derek's Death

You’re not the only one still reeling over Dr. Derek Shepherd’s death.

On Thursday’s special two-hour episode of Grey’s Anatomy, it’s business as usual for most of the doctors in Grey Sloan Memorial’s break room. Key word: Most.

Enter Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo).

Ellen Pompeo on McDreamy's Death: 'His Loss Will Be Felt by All'

The recently widowed Mrs. McDreamy is breaking her silence on her late TV husband’s untimely death.

Ellen Pompeo, 45, who plays Meredith Shepard on the hit medical drama, took to Twitter on Monday to address her on-screen husband, Patrick Dempsey’s, shocking departure from the ABC series on Thursday’s episode.

Grey's Anatomy Fans Launch Petition to Bring Back McDreamy

Patrick Dempsey: It's Been An Incredible 11 Years on Grey's Anatomy

A day after breaking their hearts, Patrick Dempsey thanked Grey’s Anatomy fans for their support for more than a decade.

“I want to thank all the fans, what an incredible 11 yrs, I love you all,” Dempsey, 49, Tweeted on Friday.

Grey's Anatomy Star Chandra Wilson: Patrick Dempsey Will Always Be 'McDreamy'

Patrick Dempsey played an integral role in the success of Grey’s Anatomy, yet the only thing more stunning than his surprise death Thursday was the way he went out: with absolutely little to no fanfare or statements from fellow cast members.

Dempsey told Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive interview that his final day on the drama’s Los Angeles set was “very quiet. It was raining, which was really touching.” None of his costars came to the set to say goodbye before he walked alone to his car and drove home.

Patrick Dempsey's 10 McDreamiest Moments on Grey's Anatomy

As we say goodbye to Patrick Dempsey’s dreamy doctor alter ego, Derek Shepherd, we’re looking back on the 10 best moments that earned him his famous moniker.