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Source: Fox

'Empire' Fans Are Preparing to Say Goodbye to Andre at the End of Season 5

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For the past two months, Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been a major topic of conversation across the country. The ongoing controversy surrounding the 36-year-old’s claim that he was the victim of a hate crime has left fans wondering whether the singer’s character, Jamal, will continue to appear on the Fox show.

Viewers have been so preoccupied with Jamal’s fate that they were blindsided by Andre’s terminal cancer diagnosis in the March 27 episode. Was it his casket that we saw in the flash-forward at the beginning of Season 5? Here’s what we know based on the clues we’ve been given.

Is Andre leaving Empire?

Sadly, things aren’t looking good for Andre, who’s played by Trai Byers. When telling girlfriend Teri about his stage 4 advanced lymphoma diagnosis, the former Empire Entertainment CFO revealed, "I’m dying… [I have] a few months at best."