After giving birth to Emily and divorcing Dan to marry Bruce Baxter, Susan found herself unhappy in the marriage and divorced Bruce. Thereafter, Susan spent the rest of the 1970s on AS THE WORLD TURNS trying to win Dan back. But Dan had turned his attentions to Kim, who was trying to escape her loveless marriage to John after giving birth to Andy.
John and Susan, however, stopped at nothing to keep Dan and Kim apart. Kim had left John but lost her memory as a result of an injury incurred in a windstorm, and John convinced her that she should return to him. Kim ultimately regained her memory, and left an answering machine message for Dan telling him that she remembered that she loved him. However, Susan stole the tape and Dan didn't get the message. True love won out, and Dan and Kim ultimately married, but their happiness was short-lived as Dan died of a brain tumor in 1979.
Although Dan's death ultimately cleared the way for Bob and Kim to get married, I've long felt that it was a mistake for the show to have killed off this wonderful character. What do you think? What other characters do you think it was a mistake for the show to have killed off over the years? I'd also vote for Chuck Shea (Lisa's son), Melinda Gray (Barbara's half-sister), Bryant Montgomery, Rose D'Angelo and, most recently, Reid Oliver.