This Is Us fans meltdown on Twitter after death of Jack

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This Is Us fans took to Twitter to share their heartbreak after the death of TV dad Jack Pearson. 

The patriarch’s cause of death has been a long running mystery on the show and fans finally got answers as the NBC series opened its special post-Super Bowl episode. 

Many were expecting Jack, played by Milo Ventimiglia, to perish in the family’s house fire, which was caused by a faulty Crock Pot. 

Shock: This Is Us mom Rebecca, played by Mandy Moore, mourns the death of her husband Jack on Sunday night's episode 

Shock: This Is Us mom Rebecca, played by Mandy Moore, mourns the death of her husband Jack on Sunday night's episode 

Shock: This Is Us mom Rebecca, played by Mandy Moore, mourns the death of her husband Jack on Sunday night’s episode 

But Jack emerged from the flames after rescuing his family – and even their dog. 

The shattering moment came later, when he went to the hospital to have a burn treated. 

With her husband seemingly fine, Jack’s wife Rebecca, played by Mandy Moore, takes a phone call with her back turned to his room.

It is at that moment he suffers a heart attack triggered by smoke inhalation and dies in the hospital.

Heart of the matter: While Jack manages to escape the burning home, his shocking death came hours later from cardiac arrest

Heart of the matter: While Jack manages to escape the burning home, his shocking death came hours later from cardiac arrest

Heart of the matter: While Jack manages to escape the burning home, his shocking death came hours later from cardiac arrest

Pre-occupied: Tragically wife Rebecca, played by Mandy Moore, was on the phone with her back turned to his room when her husband flat-lines

Pre-occupied: Tragically wife Rebecca, played by Mandy Moore, was on the phone with her back turned to his room when her husband flat-lines

Pre-occupied: Tragically wife Rebecca, played by Mandy Moore, was on the phone with her back turned to his room when her husband flat-lines

Tear jerker! Moore gave a heart-wrenching performance as she receives the news from a doctor and breaks down into tears

Tear jerker! Moore gave a heart-wrenching performance as she receives the news from a doctor and breaks down into tears

Tear jerker! Moore gave a heart-wrenching performance as she receives the news from a doctor and breaks down into tears

Missing him like candy: Written with an all-too-human touch, the star was caught in the middle of biting a candy bar as a doctor breaks the tragic new

Missing him like candy: Written with an all-too-human touch, the star was caught in the middle of biting a candy bar as a doctor breaks the tragic new

Missing him like candy: Written with an all-too-human touch, the star was caught in the middle of biting a candy bar as a doctor breaks the tragic new

Moore gave a heart-wrenching performance as she receives the news from a doctor and breaks down into tears.

Written with an all-too-human touch, the star was caught in the middle of biting a candy bar as a doctor breaks the tragic new.

The cast of This Is Us live-posted on twitter their reactions while watching in real time with fans.

‘Beyond words @theMandyMoore. BEYOND words,’ Sterling K Brown wrote about his TV mom.

Chrissy Metz shared a similar sentiment, writing: ‘I don’t have words’ with a broken heart emoji. 

Burning down the house: Earlier in the episode, Jack emerged from the flames after rescuing his family - and even their dog

Burning down the house: Earlier in the episode, Jack emerged from the flames after rescuing his family - and even their dog

Burning down the house: Earlier in the episode, Jack emerged from the flames after rescuing his family – and even their dog

Acting out: Mandy's performance was lauded by many for its intensity

Acting out: Mandy's performance was lauded by many for its intensity

Acting out: Mandy’s performance was lauded by many for its intensity

No one left behind: After saving his family, Milo's brave character heads into the home for the family pet

No one left behind: After saving his family, Milo's brave character heads into the home for the family pet

No one left behind: After saving his family, Milo’s brave character heads into the home for the family pet

Where there's smoke... Though Jack made it out of the fire, the acrid smoke was too much for his body to handle and later sent him into cardiac arrest

Where there's smoke... Though Jack made it out of the fire, the acrid smoke was too much for his body to handle and later sent him into cardiac arrest

Where there’s smoke… Though Jack made it out of the fire, the acrid smoke was too much for his body to handle and later sent him into cardiac arrest

Live action! The cast of This Is Us live-posted on twitter their reactions while watching in real time with fans

Live action! The cast of This Is Us live-posted on twitter their reactions while watching in real time with fans

Live action! The cast of This Is Us live-posted on twitter their reactions while watching in real time with fans

Actor Justin Hartley also lavished the actress in praise, tweeting: ‘@TheMandyMoore, You Are incredible.’

‘Many Moore. My God.’ producer Dan Fogelman posted.

Later Brown would turn his praise to co-star Hartley, writing: ‘Don’t know if you noticed, but my man @justinhartley just smashed that in one take! Handle ya business, bruh!’ 

Milo Ventimiglia sent a kind message, writing: ‘Hope everybody is feelin ok. Was a tough night.’ 

One take wonder! Later Brown would turn his praise to co-star Hartley, writing: 'Don¿t know if you noticed, but my man @justinhartley just smashed that in one take! Handle ya business, bruh!'

One take wonder! Later Brown would turn his praise to co-star Hartley, writing: 'Don¿t know if you noticed, but my man @justinhartley just smashed that in one take! Handle ya business, bruh!'

One take wonder! Later Brown would turn his praise to co-star Hartley, writing: ‘Don’t know if you noticed, but my man @justinhartley just smashed that in one take! Handle ya business, bruh!’

Speechless: Chrissy Metz shared a similar sentiment, writing: 'I don't have words' with a broken heart emoji

Speechless: Chrissy Metz shared a similar sentiment, writing: 'I don't have words' with a broken heart emoji

Speechless: Chrissy Metz shared a similar sentiment, writing: ‘I don’t have words’ with a broken heart emoji

Critical acclaim'! Producer Dan Fogelman also raved about Moore's acting

Critical acclaim'! Producer Dan Fogelman also raved about Moore's acting

Critical acclaim’! Producer Dan Fogelman also raved about Moore’s acting

Cry your eyes out: Comedian Felonious Munk shared a GIF of a bawling Anthony Anderson with a message about the series

Cry your eyes out: Comedian Felonious Munk shared a GIF of a bawling Anthony Anderson with a message about the series

Cry your eyes out: Comedian Felonious Munk shared a GIF of a bawling Anthony Anderson with a message about the series

Tough stuff: Milo Ventimiglia sent a kind message, writing: 'Hope everybody is feelin ok. Was a tough night'

Tough stuff: Milo Ventimiglia sent a kind message, writing: 'Hope everybody is feelin ok. Was a tough night'

Tough stuff: Milo Ventimiglia sent a kind message, writing: ‘Hope everybody is feelin ok. Was a tough night’

He continued: ‘But I was happy to be with these 3’ and tagged actors Hannah Zeile and Niles Fitch, who play the teen versions of Pearson kids.

The show’s official NBC social media also got in on the action, writing: ‘Tweeting through our tears’ and ‘Help.’ during the episode.

Comedian Felonious Munk shared a GIF of a bawling Anthony Anderson with a message about the series.

Feeling wine-y? Another fan shared a more emotional message, writing: 'Oh god oh god oh go oh god' with a GIF of a weeping Will Ferrell trying - and failing - to sip from a full glass of wine

Feeling wine-y? Another fan shared a more emotional message, writing: 'Oh god oh god oh go oh god' with a GIF of a weeping Will Ferrell trying - and failing - to sip from a full glass of wine

Feeling wine-y? Another fan shared a more emotional message, writing: ‘Oh god oh god oh go oh god’ with a GIF of a weeping Will Ferrell trying – and failing – to sip from a full glass of wine

Overwhelmed: Podcaster Ari LaBeija wrote 'This is too much' with a GIF of fainting woman

Overwhelmed: Podcaster Ari LaBeija wrote 'This is too much' with a GIF of fainting woman

Overwhelmed: Podcaster Ari LaBeija wrote ‘This is too much’ with a GIF of fainting woman

‘I’ve known Jack was dead for over a year and still…NO! The writing/acting is phenomenal,’ he shared.

Another fan shared a more emotional message, writing: ‘Oh god oh god oh go oh god’ with a GIF of a weeping Will Ferrell trying – and failing – to sip from a full glass of wine.

Podcaster Ari LaBeija wrote ‘This is too much’ with a GIF of fainting woman.

‘Mandy Moore didn’t act. She nailed it,’ wrote another fan. 

Fan favorite: Fans reached out to Moore to express how much her performance affected them

Fan favorite: Fans reached out to Moore to express how much her performance affected them

Fan favorite: Fans reached out to Moore to express how much her performance affected them

Powerful stuff: A GIF of crying Power Puff girl Bubble didn't need much additional commentary

Powerful stuff: A GIF of crying Power Puff girl Bubble didn't need much additional commentary

Powerful stuff: A GIF of crying Power Puff girl Bubble didn’t need much additional commentary

‘Mandy Moore deserves ALL the awards for her performance,’ posted another user, ‘Such a heartbreaking, yet amazing, show.’

Rebecca Pearson is the strongest female character on television today,’ posted on twitter user Angela Dawn, ‘Thank you, @TheMandyMoore for bringing her to life.’

Also commenting on the character’s fortitude, a fan wrote: ‘But she’s gotta be strong for her kids. She’s gonna be #strong.’ 

A GIF of crying Power Puff girl Bubble didn’t need much additional commentary.

All yours! Many fans were quick to unofficially 'nominate' Moore for her award-worthy acting in the episode

All yours! Many fans were quick to unofficially 'nominate' Moore for her award-worthy acting in the episode

All yours! Many fans were quick to unofficially ‘nominate’ Moore for her award-worthy acting in the episode

Staying strong: Also commenting on the character's fortitude, a fan wrote: 'But she's gotta be strong for her kids. She's gonna be #strong'

Staying strong: Also commenting on the character's fortitude, a fan wrote: 'But she's gotta be strong for her kids. She's gonna be #strong'

Staying strong: Also commenting on the character’s fortitude, a fan wrote: ‘But she’s gotta be strong for her kids. She’s gonna be #strong’

Heartsick: Fans even jokingly asked if they could take a sick day because of the heartbreaking episode

Heartsick: Fans even jokingly asked if they could take a sick day because of the heartbreaking episode

Heartsick: Fans even jokingly asked if they could take a sick day because of the heartbreaking episode

Doctor's excuse: Fans were so struck by the episode they joked about needing to take an off day from work or school tomorrow

Doctor's excuse: Fans were so struck by the episode they joked about needing to take an off day from work or school tomorrow

Doctor’s excuse: Fans were so struck by the episode they joked about needing to take an off day from work or school tomorrow

‘Can I take the day off tomorrow? I’m grieving’ another fan shared.

Unfortunately for some fans, Sunday’s Super Bowl game interfered with their viewing plans.

‘I cried when Rebecca realized Jack died. I cried harder when I realized my DVR didn’t record the whole episode,’ quipped one tweeter.

While NBC planned accordingly by scheduling extra time for the episode and asking viewers to pay special attention to their recording devices, some fans still missed the message.

Bowling over: Unfortunately for some fans, Sunday's Super Bowl game interfered with their viewing plans

Bowling over: Unfortunately for some fans, Sunday's Super Bowl game interfered with their viewing plans

Bowling over: Unfortunately for some fans, Sunday’s Super Bowl game interfered with their viewing plans

Close cast! Later the cast would appear on NBC's Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to talk about the bombshell episode

Close cast! Later the cast would appear on NBC's Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to talk about the bombshell episode

Close cast! Later the cast would appear on NBC’s Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to talk about the bombshell episode

Later the cast would appear on NBC’s Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to talk about the bombshell episode.

While Jack’s death had been previously revealed, Milo explained that work on his actual end was ‘very secretive,’

‘We had a password when talking about the actual event,’ he dished, revealing the code word was ‘marble.’

Can you keep a secret? While Jack's death had been previously revealed, Milo explained that work on his actual end was 'very secretive'

Can you keep a secret? While Jack's death had been previously revealed, Milo explained that work on his actual end was 'very secretive'

Can you keep a secret? While Jack’s death had been previously revealed, Milo explained that work on his actual end was ‘very secretive’

Talking in code: The actor revealed the cast 'had a password when talking about the actual event'

Talking in code: The actor revealed the cast 'had a password when talking about the actual event'

Talking in code: The actor revealed the cast ‘had a password when talking about the actual event’

Then, the on-screen family performed ‘The Big Three’ chant which the Pearson kin sing on the show.

The cast finished their appearance by huddling around a studio camera and giving fans at home a well-deserved hug through the TV. 

This Is Us’ loyal followers won’t have to wait long to experience the family’s reaction.

The next episode will air Tuesday night at 9pm on NBC. 

Come back soon: This Is Us's loyal followers won't have to wait long to experience the family's reaction as the next episode will air Tuesday night at 9pm on NBC

Come back soon: This Is Us's loyal followers won't have to wait long to experience the family's reaction as the next episode will air Tuesday night at 9pm on NBC

Come back soon: This Is Us’s loyal followers won’t have to wait long to experience the family’s reaction as the next episode will air Tuesday night at 9pm on NBC

– Daily Mail

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