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

Co-creator: Expect some 'bigger life events'

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Actors Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, executive producer Steven Levitan and actors Ariel Winter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet arrive at the FYC Event for ABC's "Modern Family" at Avalon on April 16, 2018,…

(CNN) - "Modern Family" fans should prepare to grieve next season.

Series co-creator Christopher Lloyd said that 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 in 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 the final one for "Modern Family."

The season premiere is scheduled for September 26 on ABC.

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