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Is Fred Willard Sick? Here's Why He's No Longer on 'Modern Family'

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Spoilers for Season 11 Episode 11 of Modern Family

Modern Family started off as a comedy and they have the Emmys to prove it. But it's quickly become a lot more of a tearjearker than anything else. In Season 10, we saw the passing of DeDe Pritchett (Shelley Long), Claire (Julie Bowen) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson)'s mother. And Season 11 doesn't seem to be backing off from giving us heart-wrenching goodbyes.  

This season, we said goodbye to Phil (Ty Burrell)'s father, Frank (Fred Willard), a beloved character who has been a part of the show since Season 1. But why did Frank die? And did they kill him off because Fred Willard is sick?