Benny Severide (Treat Williams) was a great firefighter in his day. He served alongside Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) before the events of Chicago Fire, and his talent for arson investigation would eventually rub off on his son, Kelly (Taylor Kinney).
Benny wasn’t without his flaws, however. The character had a penchant for adultery, which led to him getting divorced from Kelly’s mother, and had no problem cutting corners to benefit himself, as evidenced by the season 4 episode in which he dug up dirt on a rival of his son’s.
Benny’s death was a major blow to the other characters, despite his limited screen time. Here’s a rundown of what happened to him and the aftermath of his funeral.
When did Benny die on Chicago Fire?
The character was in decent health for the first four seasons, and he even managed to help his son on a few different arson cases. He stopped coming around for a few seasons, but it wasn’t until the season 7 episode “All the Proof” that his story came to an end.
Early on in the episode we learn that Benny had a stroke and died. The fire department held an official funeral for him, during which Kelly and his sister Katie (Brittany Curran) paid their respects. The former even placed a medal on his casket.
It was a relatively quiet end for a character that was frequently involved with drama. While others on the show perished in a blaze of glory or took their own lives in a moment of despair, Benny died very commonly.
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That being said, his absence has lingered. During the season 9 episode “Funny What Things Remind Us”, Kelly and Boden reflect on Benny and the dynamic that both men shared with him. Kelly also admits to thinking of his father often, noting that, at that particular point in time, it had been two years since his death.
Benny’s death, and his struggles as a husband, have recently taken on a full-circle quality now that Kelly has gotten married. It’s unclear whether we will get future references to Benny, but the bond the two men shared gains poignancy the more Kelly establishes himself as a family man.
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