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Why Did Dean Miller Leave Station 19, and What Happened to Him?

The crossover episode of “Station 19” and “Grey’s Anatomy” aired following the Station 19 death siren alert. While Ben’s fans were concerned, the shows were busy with other things. The crossover event, which aired as the fifth episode of both seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19,” shows Dean Miller, another beloved character, dying.

One of the most admired characters of “Station 19” is Dean Miller, played by Okieriete Onaodowan, for his unwavering tenacity and empathy. Dean consistently exemplifies what it means to give back to the community.

One is very interested to learn why Onaodowan left the show after his shocking death in season 5. Here is everything we know about his departure in that regard.


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Why Did Dean Miller Leave Station 19?

According to reports, Okieriete Onaodowan’s departure from the program was mutually planned by the actor and the program’s producers. According to reports, the actor approached the show’s producers about leaving at the end of season 4, but because Dean Miller was such an important character, the story arc was extended to season 5 to properly kill him off.

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The creator of “Station 19,” Krista Vernoff, gave an explanation of Onaodowan’s departure following the crossover event. According to Vernoff, who spoke to Deadline, “Oak has an expansive spirit and was ready for and craving new artistic horizons — and I truly can’t wait to see what he does next.” It will be strong, deep, and courageous because Oak is all of those things, she continued.

Onaodowan expressed his appreciation for the cast and viewers of the show after he left. It’s been fun playing Dean, the actor told Deadline. I owe it to Paris Barclay, Stacy McKee, Krista Vernoff, Shonda Rhimes, Stacy McKee, and ABC for letting me bring him to life. I feel blessed to have worked with the most devoted, loving, and caring team in network television.

And most importantly, I want to thank the Dean fans for their unending support. I hope he has motivated you to make positive changes in the world. Be the alteration! As Vernoff noted, we will see the talented actor extending his artistic career to new spheres now that Onaodowan has left “Station 19.”

After leaving, Onaodowan directed a play by John Lavelle about white supremacists called “The Very Best People.” Although he hasn’t started any new projects yet, we can be sure that the talented Onaodowan will soon be making a comeback to the stage and screen with eminent character portrayals like Dean Miller.

What Happened to Dean Miller?

Dean’s storyline in ‘Station 19’ season 5 revolves around Crisis One, a community mental health program Dean directs. Dean considers moving to Oakland for the Crisis One program after failing to express his feelings for Victoria Hughes.

Vic learns about Dean’s plans and attempts to persuade him to remain in Seattle rather than relocate to Oakland. Dean, on the other hand, says he can’t. Soon after, a gas line explodes, and Vic and Dean rush to the scene. Dean asks Vic to accompany him to Oakland in the fire engine, but she says she can’t.


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Dean and others arrive at the explosion site and begin evacuating residents door to door. During their evacuation, Dean notices that one of the houses is accumulating gas inside. But, before he can intervene, Captain Aquino opens the house door, injuring Dean. Ben transports him to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, but he dies on the way.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Okieriete Onaodowan Doing Now?

In the upcoming sci-fi comedy series “Damascus” on AMC, Okieriete Onaodowan will play the lead role of the titular character.

Why Did Dean Miller Die?

Dean was killed in season five, episode five, “Things We Lost in the Fire,” which marked the beginning of a crossover event with Grey’s Anatomy. The injuries Dean sustained during the gas explosion caused him to pass away.

Who Takes Miller’s Daughter on Station 19?

The union of Dean Miller and JJ Lau resulted in the birth of Pruitt Arike Miller. Following Dean’s passing, she was taken in by Ben Warren and Miranda Bailey as their daughter.