'Modern Family' is killing off a main character next season

(CNN)"Modern Family" fans should prepare to grieve next season.

Series co-creator Christopher Lloyd said that in Season 10, which premieres later this month, a main character will die.
"We're handling some bigger life events in this season," Lloyd told Entertainment Weekly. "We do deal with a death, which is certainly a topic that families have to deal with, and on television, it's not easy to do because that's a heavy subject. But at the same time, it would seem unusual for a family not to go through it."
As for hints of who it might be, Lloyd said it's a "significant character on the series ... [the death] will be a moving event and an event that has repercussions across several episodes."