Roseanne Barr's eponymous character did die of an opioid overdose.
The Tuesday night premiere of the rebooted "Roseanne" spin-off "The Conners" proved actress and comedian Roseanne Barr’s claims last month about how she would be killed off on the show.
Although the show first depicts that the Connor family believes Roseanne's sudden death was from a heart attack, as detailed by CNN, they discover hidden pain pill bottles around the house that she obtained from her neighbors.
The uninsured neighbor said she would have never given Roseanne’s character the pills if she knew she had a problem.
Barr was dismissed earlier this year for a tweet where she called former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett a mixture between the Muslim Brotherhood and "Planet of the Apes." The tweet was perceived as racist, leading to the star’s dismissal from ABC hours after she posted it, but Barr maintains that she was not racist and did not know that Jarrett was African-American.
“She was going to do what she was going to do,” Roseanne’s husband Dan, played by John Goodman, said in the premiere, referring to her character’s drug use. "She never listened to a damn person in her life."
The line likely also referred to the real-life actions that led to Barr’s firing from her own show. Barr has discussed publicly her diagnosis of mental illness.
An opioid crisis storyline has relevance for U.S. audiences, especially given recent increases in deaths from the epidemic and the Trump administration’s declaration that the opioid crisis is now a health emergency.
Healthcare has also been a hot-button issue as progressives and left-leaning politicians and pundits have called for universal healthcare. That issue was also explored during the spin-off's premiere.
The initial "Roseanne" reboot explored issues in middle America, especially within families that were split over the 2016 presidential election. Week after week, "Roseanne" broke records for viewership, and "The Conners" hopes to continue that momentum without its star.