Y&R-11-19-02-SPTI-18.tif*According to “Entertainment Weekly,” on Friday, inhabitants of the fictional Genoa City, will learn about the death of Katherine Chancellor, played to matriarchal perfection for 40 years by the late Jeanne Cooper, who passed away last May.

Friends and colleagues will be called to the Chancellor mansion under the assumption that Kay and her husband Murphy have returned from their vacation, only to learn different. The story starts tomorrow and will continue with drama surrounding Kay’s massive estate.

“I knew Jeanne would want me to instantly think how her death would affect the show,” explains head writer Josh Griffith. “She would be very upset with us if we weren’t turning this into story.”

Y&R soldiers: Get those hankies out AGAIN!!!

Check out  a sneak peek of the network promo at EW.

One of Katherine's favorite pastimes was fussing with Jill Abbot, played by Jess Walton.

One of Katherine’s favorite pastimes was fussing with Jill Abbot, played by Jess Walton.