Dan Conner, Roseanne
How did he die? A heart attack on the day of his daughter's wedding.
How did he return? This one's a bit of a cheat, but Dan's "death" is so bizarre, it demands citation. Dan actually survived his heart attack on Roseanne. Or that's what we think -- in a series finale post-mortem, Roseanne is revealed to be a memoirist taking some creative liberties. Dan actually died that day. And that's how you kill a character without killing a character.
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Matt Patches is Thrillist’s Entertainment editor. He previously wrote for Grantland, Esquire.com, Vulture, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Guardian. He has clocked zero near-death experiences. Find him on Twitter: @misterpatches.