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Archie: The Demise of America’s Oldest Teenager?

Can it be true? Is Archie Andrews really going to die?

Death of ArchieArchie, the comic book icon in the Riverdale High letter sweater, has been hanging out with best buddy Jughead Jones at The Chok’lit Shop and struggling with the Betty-or-Veronica quandry for more than seven decades. But now comes word that Archie is headed for that great malt shop in the sky. Archie Comics, the publisher of his adventures, has announced that he will “sacrifice himself heroically” while saving the life of a friend from some yet-to-be-revealed menace in the final issue of Life With Archie,  a “flash-forward” series of comics that has depicted the adult lives of Archie and his friends.

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If all this is too disconcerting, there’s one consolation: The flagship series of Archie books will continue depicting the adolescent antics of Archie and his friends, without any foreshadowing of his ultimate doom, according to CNN.

In the meantime, here are a few facts about Archie:

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Image: Archie Comics

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