The episode in which Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) dies is one that most fans of Gray Anatomy will never forget. The fateful incident happened in season 11, episode 21, and is entitled "How to Save a Life." ]Let's look at who and what happened. Warning: Season 16 spoilers.
How did McDreamy die of Gray's Anatomy?
One fateful night, Dr. Derek Shepherd is on his way to Washington to abandon the President's brain mapping project. She sees a car accident and rushes to help. He rescues a young girl, her mother and another couple involved in the crash. Just when Derek is about to leave the scene, he is hit by a semi-truck.
McDramey rushes to the nearest ER, unable to speak. As doctors examine him, Shepherd subconsciously tells them that he needs a computed tomography scan of the head. However, he is rushed straight into surgery. Dr. Penelope Blake (Samantha Sloan) wants to do a CT scan but is fired by her present Dr. Paul Castello (Mike McCauley).
By the time the doctors find his inflated student, Shepard realizes that he is about to die. The neurosurgeon arrives at the OR a little too late and to the horror of the viewers at home, McDraim is declared brain dead.
Who is Mike McCall?
Dr. Paul Castello, who refused to do a CT scan on the head, is played by Mike McCall. The actor has only been in two episodes of Gray's Anatomy .
McCall grew up in North Carolina, but moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first professional audition helped him land the lead role in an MTV comedy pilot, Normal Joe .
He then starred in the movie, Love and Basketball . Since then, he has voted in numerous movie trailers and TV promotions. In addition, he has appeared as a narrator of various television programs and documentaries.
McCall is married and has two children.
When he participates in Gray's Anatomy he tweets "McDidy." He told friends and family to watch the show, especially since it's usually just his voice on TV shows. If fans of the show had seen his tweets, they would have been embarrassed. Maybe that's why the producers didn't choose a big-name actor for the one who killed our beloved, MacDrimey.
When did McCall appear in the second episode of Gray's Anatomy?
McCall returned to medical drama for season 16, episode eight, My Shot. He reappears as Dr. Paul Castello, but this time it is up to the medical committee to decide if Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) has obtained her medical license back.
In the middle of the episode, Meredith can't hold her. her mouth is closed (though her lawyer insists she not speak at all). When Dr. Castello tries to question Meredith, she stands up and starts yelling.
"You're the coward who stood over my dying husband and refused to punch holes, refused to do a CT scan in the head," Meredith approaches him, "You don't deserve to judge anyone."
When she stops yelling, it collapses. Doctors call 9-1-1 and he is rushed to Gray Sloan Hospital. The attacks stop and Amelia Shepard (Catherine Scorson) takes him for a CT scan on the head. Surgeons determine that he needs a craniotomy. Dr. Tom Korakik (Greg Herman) does the surgery, but Dr. Castello doesn't. In fact Gray's Anatomy fashion, the doctor who left Derek to die without a CT scan of his brain, then dies during brain surgery.