Comic series, Life With Archie will change history in the next issue, after Archie takes a bullet for his gay best friend.

According to a statement on the Archie Comic website, ‘History is in the making in this epic finale to the acclaimed series LIFE WITH ARCHIE, as America’s most beloved character makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend. The unthinkable happens: Archie Andrews dies! Fans will experience an epic tale of Archie’s future sure to make headlines, generate discussion and stand as one of the most-talked about Archie stories of all time. Do not miss this game-changing tale of love, friendship and true heroism.’

Archie dies after he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Archie Comics’ first openly gay character Kevin Keller.

In an interview with CNN, CEO of Archie Comics, Jon Goldwater, son of Archie creator John Goldwater said, ‘I think it’s the natural conclusion to the “Life With Archie” series.

‘Archie dies as he lived — heroically. He dies saving the life of a friend, and does it in his usual selfless way. Archie has always been a representation of us — the best of us. Our strengths and our faults.’

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The famous red head is to die in the next comic, out July 23rd.