Many are still reeling from last night’s episode of “Nashville,” in which one of the show’s main stars was killed off!
In the episode, Connie Britton’s character Rayna James passed away from the injuries she sustained in last week’s episode. Lying in a hospital bed, Rayna was surrounded by her husband Deacon and daughters Maddie and Daphne as she passed away.
After the heartbreaking episode aired, Connie took to Instagram to share a touching message to fans and her “Nashville” family. She wrote on Instagram, "Thank you Rayna James. For your magic and your dignity. And thank you to all the creators of Rayna James, for there were many. Callie Khouri, who gave her life. Deacon, Maddie, Daphne, who shaped her as her family. … But finally and most importantly, the fans. You made Rayna. You supported her and loved her and gave her inspiration just as she was able to inspire you. You were the energy source, the power behind her heart and soul and life. Rayna lived for you.”
Thank you Rayna Jaymes. For your magic and your dignity. And thank you to all the creators of Rayna Jaymes, for there were many. Callie Khouri, who gave her life. Deacon, Maddie, Daphne, who shaped her as her family. Teddy, Tandy, Lamar too. Juliette, Scarlett, Bucky and the ones who crafted her into a business woman. Along with countless other compatriots and combatants. And then of course the crew of “Nashville" who brought her to life, every crew member in every department who made Rayna live each week. And then there’s the music. T Bone, Buddy, Tim, Frankie and all the brilliant songwriters who gave Rayna a voice. There was no music, and no Rayna, without you. But finally and most importantly, the fans. You made Rayna. You supported her and loved her and gave her inspiration just as she was able to inspire you. You were the energy source, the power behind her heart and soul and life. Rayna lived for you. And, from the depths of my heart, I thank you, for her and for me. It has been an honor to be a part of that creation. And as I know she would want it, the show must, and will go on. Long live Rayna Jaymes. #RIPRayna #NashvilleCMT
Her co-stars Charles Esten, Maisy Stella, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack and Sam Palladio also showed some love for Connie after her character’s sad death. Charles posted a pic of their chairs on set and wrote, "I took this picture almost 5 years ago on my first day of shooting #nashville with @conniebritton. I was already a fan. Now, after all this time, she's my friend. And I'm an even bigger fan. I'm grateful for every scene, and for every song, and I wish her nothing but the very best. ✨ #deaconandrayna."
See more social media posts from Connie’s “Nashville” co-stars below!
connie has taught me everything i know as an actor. she has been a set mother to me since i was 8. she has been someone i look up to so much. Rayna James is a character that inspired and changed people's lives. I love you. RIP Rayna. And thank you Connie for being such an amazing person. Yoby is a lucky boy.
My mascara is ruined....#NashvilleCMT— Sam Palladio (@SamPalladio) February 24, 2017
To our community of #Nashies ... I am grateful. You have shared pain and helped each other heal. You make our show special.— Chris Carmack (@RealCarmack) February 24, 2017
Nashies, we love you. G'night from under a pile of animals who've come & sat on me, either to stop me crying, or smother me. #NashvilleCMT 💜— Clare Bowen (@clarembee) February 24, 2017