Ferrer died from throat cancer in January, at the age of 61. His character was written out of the show in the March 5 episode, Season 8, Episode 16, "Old Tricks."
Granger had been stabbed and was at the hospital, but when Hetty (Linda Hunt) went to check on him, he was gone. As a nurse explained, "One minute he was here, and the next minute he wasn't. ... He pulled out his IV and walked out." But he left a note for Hetty, saying he had "unfinished business to take care of" and he would leave it up to her to explain his disappearing act.
As TVLine noted, a version of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," sung by Ferrer and performed by his blues-rock band, played as Hetty left the hospital. Then the show aired its own memorial to the actor:
Overall, fans seemed to find it a fitting tribute, appreciating the song choice and the fact that Granger was not killed off, he just -- as one tweeted -- "left pretty much the way he came in, unannounced."
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