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Mrs. Landingham (Kathryn Joosten), The West Wing
How She Died: Killed in a car accident by a drunk driver
Why Her Death Is Heartbreaking: As his father's former secretary, Mrs. Landingham was a loyal supporter of President Jed Bartlet from the time he was a child, and her dry humor and generally unimpressed attitude towards the trappings of politics kept him in check even when he held the highest office in the country. A loyal, hardworking woman until the very end, Mrs. Landingham's simple way of life and unassuming nature were endearing right up until her shocking death in Season 2, when she was on her way to the White House to show the President her new car.