[The following contains spoilers for Blue Blood's season premiere.]
Apparently, Linda had been air-lifting one of her patients to the hospital in May when the helicopter crashed and killed her. Despite her death not being collateral of Danny's recent run-ins with the drug cartel, Danny still blames himself for what happened to Linda because he had asked her to change her shift that day because he was working late.
Even all these months later, Danny still hasn't accepted the fact that Linda's gone — a denial likely shared by many Blue Bloods fans who had gotten zero warning that the CBS drama would be killing off the pivotal character in between seasons.
Carlson responded on social media, thanking fans for their support.
My heart is full of gratitude to each of you for your generous support of me and my character for the last seven years of Blue Bloods - Linda Reagan. I have been touched by your compassion and enthusiasm. I loved playing Linda: wife to Danny, mother to Jack and Sean, nurse and working mom. I'm proud of my contribution to building this series. I'm so grateful to CBS and the Blue Bloods cast and crew. Mostly, I am grateful to the fans who have supported me and the show. Peace, blessings and many 'love you mores' to all of you. Warmly, Amy Carlson @bluebloods__cbs @cbstv
Linda's death makes Blue Bloods the second CBS series to kill off its lead characters' wife this week. When Kevin Can Wait returned on Monday, the sitcom jumped forward in time, revealing that Kevin's (Kevin James) wife Donna (Erinn Hayes) had died a year prior. Kevin Can Wait fans didn't react too kindly to the news, so it will be interesting to see how the response to Linda's death compares. At least Danny didn't make a joke about kung-fu after the tragic reveal...