I'm beside myself with grief. Dr. Mark Sloan, also known as McSteamy, will not be returning to the 9th season of Grey's Anatomy.

There are no official details as to why Eric is splitting with the ABC sitcom, but he released a statement saying:

"I am extremely grateful to everyone at Grey's, ABC, and Shondaland for the experience and memories I have had over the course of this run. It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as Shonda Rhimes."

I live for Grey's Anatomy and Mark Sloan was always one of my favorite characters. Season eight ended with a plane crash that carried multiple doctors from Seattle Grace Hospital, including Dr. Sloan. The rumor was someone was going to be killed off at the beginning of season nine, and it looks like the mystery has been solved.

Season 9 of Grey's Anatomy premieres September 27th.