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Petike [Conveniently sudden death]
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 Simply put, whenever an author needs to get rid of a historical personality whose further existence, work and deeds might prove inconvenient to the author'​s [[timeline]] in some way, said author usually opts for solutions like giving the person in question a heart attack, a sudden onset of deadly health problems, a mortal injury in some serious accident, or have him/her get accidentally killed or willfully assasinated. Simply put, whenever an author needs to get rid of a historical personality whose further existence, work and deeds might prove inconvenient to the author'​s [[timeline]] in some way, said author usually opts for solutions like giving the person in question a heart attack, a sudden onset of deadly health problems, a mortal injury in some serious accident, or have him/her get accidentally killed or willfully assasinated.
  
-As with most writing conventions and tropes, the overuse of this solution to a narrative or [[pods/pods|POD]] problem can easily cheapen its value and level of impact, both in a general sense, and in the specific story where it occurs. Too many convenient sudden deaths in a work - especially if they are contrived (even increasingly so) - is proof of the author being unable to come up with different solutions to what to do with historical personalities that might not be important to the timeline'​s story or might become a hindrance to its further progression. ​+As with most writing conventions and tropes, the overuse of this solution to a narrative or [[pods:pods|POD]] problem can easily cheapen its value and level of impact, both in a general sense, and in the specific story where it occurs. Too many convenient sudden deaths in a work - especially if they are contrived (even increasingly so) - is proof of the author being unable to come up with different solutions to what to do with historical personalities that might not be important to the timeline'​s story or might become a hindrance to its further progression. ​
  
 A subtype of this cliché is that it often manifests itself in the oddly specific case of the person dying of a heart attack at just the right / wrong moment. Even if the person had a history of heart disease in real life (and in many examples they didn'​t!) wouldn'​t a much more likely cause of death at a random moment be a transport accident? A subtype of this cliché is that it often manifests itself in the oddly specific case of the person dying of a heart attack at just the right / wrong moment. Even if the person had a history of heart disease in real life (and in many examples they didn'​t!) wouldn'​t a much more likely cause of death at a random moment be a transport accident?
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