Nicolette Sheridan’s Desperate Housewives character Edie Britt will be killed off in a car crash.

The 45-year-old star of the hit US TV show is quitting after five series and E! Online reports the details of a leaked rehearsal script revealing her femme fatale character will be met with a fatal end.

Edie is set to discover her husband, Dave Williams if plotting to kill her. A show insider said: “Dave almost does kill her. She runs out of the house but, alas poor Edie gets in an accident, something involving her car and electrical wire.”

As reports of Edie’s forthcoming demise were leaked, Nicolette only revealed her departure to the rest of the cast at a script read-through on Wednesday, E Online reports.

Kathryn Joosten, who plays Karen McCluskey, revealed: “She said, ‘Bye, it was really nice working with everybody. It’s been terrific and a real honour.’

“Then we all said, ‘Bye,’ and she said, ‘I have a scene to go do, so let me go study that.’ And that was that. Totally professional.”

Kathryn said she wasn’t sure if Edie dies, but the script seems to imply so.

She said: “There’s an accident. At the very end of it, she falls to the ground and there’s a loose finger. I’m reading it thinking, ‘Wait a minute, does this mean what I think it means?'”

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