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The Conners finally explains how Roseanne character died

Hannah Lovejoy
·3-min read
Photo credit: Eric McCandless - ABC
Photo credit: Eric McCandless - ABC

The Conners spoilers follow.

Roseanne spin-off The Conners revealed the root cause of Becky's problem with alcohol on Wednesday's (April 21) episode.

During last night's episode on ABC in the US, 'Cheating, Revelations and a Box of Doll Heads', Becky (Lecy Goranson) explained that her husband Mark tragically passed away after suffering a freak accident.

Actor Glenn Quinn played Mark in the original series. He died in 2002 of a drug overdose.

Mark's death was referenced during Roseanne's revival season, but it was never confirmed how he died. In the latest episode, Becky revealed during a family therapy session that his passing was the reason she started drinking, explaining that it helped her cope with her grief.

Photo credit: Eric McCandless - ABC
Photo credit: Eric McCandless - ABC

Related: The Conners crew member dies on set

She said: "I didn't want to feel anything for a while, and then a while turned into years. I can't help thinking if he was still here, maybe all of this would be different."

Dan (John Goodman) didn't see things the same way as Becky, however. After a long time in the making, he told his daughter how he really felt about Mark, saying that he ruined Becky's life when he convinced her to drop out of school at the age of 17 to move to Minnesota.

While Mark promised that Becky would make it to college, she never did as he took her college money. After Dan and Roseanne sent it, Mark used it to pay for mechanic school which he then dropped out of.

"He shouldn't have taken my college money and I am a little angry at him for some of the things he did that screwed up my life," Becky responded.

Photo credit: Eric McCandless - ABC
Photo credit: Eric McCandless - ABC

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But Becky insisted that it wasn't entirely Mark's fault, adding: "I was so stupid. I didn't want to drop out and move. I wanted to go to college, but I was so afraid to lose him. And then I ended up losing him anyway.

"I've wasted so much time. I kept telling myself, over and over again, that I was going to stop drinking and get back on track, and now I'm so far behind.

"I'll never catch up. Remember how proud you were when I said I was going to be a doctor?"

In Becky's moment of vulnerability, her father stepped up and wrapped his arms around her, reassuring her: "I've always been proud of you and never more than now."

The Conners airs on ABC in the US.

Alcohol Change UK offers information, advice and support with their questions about drinking and the problems that can sometimes be caused by alcohol. For more information, visit Alcohol Change UK's website. Drinkline also offers free, confidential advice to anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else's drinking on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm).

Readers can also contact Drinkaware.

For more on drug addiction and dependency, including information and support, please visit FRANK or Action on Addiction.

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