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It’s a bleak morning in Mission Control. Even the Boss’s normal expression of guilty ignorance is replaced by one that could almost be mistaken for loss... "Dead?" he asks quietly. "I'm afraid so," I respond. "But... he was doing so well." "He was, but then that dodgy life support machine switched itself off." "I thought …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    The whole world in mourning......

    A terrible tradgedy.

    A drink in rememberance!

  2. Bill Gould
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    <insert laugh track here>

    Hahah. Nice one.

  3. Anonymous Coward 4
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    At Last

    At last 6 weeks into a new year and finally we get a new BOFH, literally. I have been expecting this for a few years now. Looking forward to how it pans out.

  4. Tom Cook
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    The BOFH is dead

    Long live the BOFH.

  5. The Repulsive Monkey

    Hooray. BOFH Returns - Sort of

    'nuff said.

  6. Michael Miller

    The BOFH is dead!

    Long live the BOFH!

  7. Z 1

    Ruh roh!

    The rise of the PFY to a more ruthless BOFH.

    However, one hopes for a Gordon Brittas style return from the grave for the original BOFH!

    1. MichaelBirks
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      To quote that other bastion of English bastardy...

      The BOFH is _Probably_ Dead, Long Live the BOFH!

  8. Aaron Em

    Goodnight, sweet Bastard...

    ...and may a flock of angels sing thee to thy rest.

  9. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    Hmmm, PFY in charge?

    but then Simon has returned from the dead before.

  10. Paul_Murphy

    They are going to need that backhoe.

    At the rate they are going through people.

    Wouldn't be surprising that it becomes a pool vehicle.


  11. Tim Schomer
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    .. The PFY finally did it then been in training long enough!). Nice to see he's keeping the 'old' ways alive^H^H^H^H^Hgoing still. I'm sure the BOFH will live on through him, it's how he would've wanted to go.

    gravestone for obvious reasons.

  12. RyokuMas Silver badge


    Nobody with "upwards of 15k volts across the nipples" to save him this time. After weeks of speculation, an era ends.

    I almost feel humbled.

    Beer. Because it's what he would have wanted :)

  13. Isendel Steel


    PFY did for BOFH ! (and made sure of it in the ICU !) or is this the start of an error ?

  14. Darkwolf

    Simon dead??

    Say it isn't so.

    This must be some previous agreement between the BOFH and the PFY to first milk money from the company for his death (hence the "widow" who may be BOFH in drag), get rid of anyone who knows the BOFH (expect lots of death, especially beancounters) so that the BOFH can be later hired again?

    Would not be the first time he faked his own death.

    Alternatively the death could be legitimate, as a final retribution by the PFY for years of torment, so that he can become the new BOFH?

    1. Thomas 4

      I'm afraid

      ...I have to consider this extremely unlikely.

  15. hplasm Silver badge
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    Dead?? Dead???

    I doubt it...

  16. Inekam
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    BOFH is dead. Long live the BOFH!

    Did you really kill BOFH i just cant believe it.

  17. Anonymous Coward


    That's a backhoe attached to a tractor...

  18. Peter Gathercole Silver badge
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    He can't be dead. He must just be in the shower! Wake up PFY, wake up.

  19. Rob


    Say it ain't so, is this the new breed BOFH for the next generation?

    Or some life insurance scam by the old BOFH?

  20. Linbox

    BOFH? Dead?

    Say it ain't so. It's an insurance scam? A dodge? A wheeze....?

    (nice to have you back though, I was starting to think it was no more....)

  21. Tasogare

    I can't help but think...

    ...that for Simon to have gone this far, he must have some truly epic vengeance in mind.

  22. Dennis

    Am I dreaming

    Is there going to be a Bobby Ewing moment and this is all a dream?

    Or is it shades of Reggie Perrin's friend and time to collect the compo.

  23. Andrew Moore Silver badge

    Sorry- not swallowing that one...

    he's going to turn up in the shower at the end of the series isn't he.

  24. Greg J Preece

    Woah woah woah

    Simon's dead?? As in, actually dead? Not hanging-onto-a-misplaced-Cat5-bundle-in-a-riser dead?


  25. Richard Jukes

    Where's Simon!

    What have you done with the real Simon! Sarah, Im looking at you!

  26. Marcus Aurelius

    It seems that PFY

    is the master now.

  27. Hugh Pumphrey

    But ...

    But ... but .... but .... You can't ... he can't be ....

  28. k0rrupt10n 1
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    I was starting to think we weren't getting BOFH this year...

  29. Mr Templedene

    this has to be

    a dream sequence? surely the BOFH can't be dead?

    or some sort of scam?

  30. Robert Heffernan

    >ToDo: Insert Appropriate Title Here<

    Oh No!! Simon Dead!! This can't be happening! Thanks for the laughs old friend, you'll be missed.

    *A Pint, In memory of a legend!

  31. CanadianISP


    2010 just wasn't the same without BOFH - My year has now officially started.

    (And, as in a former life I was a backhoe operator, I LOLed at the mention - Brilliant!)

  32. Stuart Clark 2


    An interesting start to the new year; but one which somehow already looks decidedly final :(

  33. Victor 3


    This cannot possibly be right. SIMON DEAD?! I was hoping BOFH to IMPROVE my friday, not make it worse. Killing the Director made little to lift my spirits.

    Unless this is setting up some cool back-from-the-afterlife episode. One can only hope.

  34. samwisethecat



    Not after all this time since his early days in the newsgroups.

    This has got to be smoe sneaky bofh ish plan

    Mind you did I in fact didnt I recall a B.O In Hell a very long time ago or was that just my alchohol hazed student days playing tricks on me.

    WTF because it's now bugging me where Ifirst read BOFH (Nutworks rings a bell)

  35. ChessGeek

    Did Anyone...

    ...see the body?

  36. Peter Mount
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    Getting worried

    I was getting worried for a while - BOFH depravation was kicking in...

  37. Alistair Wall

    spoiler alert

    May I be the first to ask whether the BOFH really dead, or whether the PFY has persuaded his LUG to stage a fake funeral while the BOFH is on his annual pilgrimage?

  38. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Dead? Nah...

    It's just a cunning ploy to get free beer.

  39. Andus McCoatover

    Hate reading between the lines..

    Is this our Illustrious BOFH's swansong? Hope not.

    Firstly, I bought a cattleprod from him on his splendid advice for a "knock-down price" - as he strangely described it - and after a brief demonstration or two, I bought it at a mere €2000 and a "Ruby Murry - and as-much-lager-as he-can-drink".

    (He told me it was good for reversing cowgirls - or something. I can only vaguely remember.).

    Did notice he'd been AWOL for awhile - so I guess the PFY's gonna step into his shoes? Please, NOT the boss!!!

  40. hplasm Silver badge
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    Dead?? Dead???

    I don't think so....

  41. Iain Paterson 1
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    The death of the BOFH?!

    Say it ain't so!

    Will there be a Jason Vorhees style resurrection? The BOFH demands vengeance!

  42. Chris007
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    Suspect more to this story...

    ...than meets the eye.

    Look forward to next installment which I hope will not be as long in coming

  43. Simon King

    Dead? NEVER!

    BOFH cannot die - he just comes back meaner!

  44. Bit Brain
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    I for one…

    …welcome our new pimply-faced overlord.

  45. Dr. Mouse Silver badge
    Dead Vulture

    It cannot be true!

    Simon? Our BOFH? Dead?!?

    This has got to be a windup!


    On a side note nice episode.

  46. Duckorange
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    Zombie BOFH neeeds braaaaaaainssssssss

  47. Ed Blackshaw Silver badge

    PFY finally getting the better of the BOFH?

    It can't be true. I sense some truly epic and mephistopholean revenge finding its way towards the PFY a few episodes hence...

  48. A. Coatsworth

    Yeah, this is a title

    I've spent the last 6 weeks thinking the BOFH was dead. Today I finally see with joy that the BOFH is alive and well... only to discover the BOFH is dead! my mind boggles...

    In any case I raise my beer in honor to the departed, and I propose a toast for the self appointed new BOFH... may he be as ruthless and entertaining as the last one (and may he visit El Reg every 15 days and not every 6 weeks...)


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