And while the creator may pass away, the hero lives on in the consciousness of fans and readers.
At least on soap operas, actors leave over contract disputes or pass away.
Lennon did pass away, but not before Chris could play a song from his favorite band for his son.
Others—who move or pass away—are left on when they should be taken off.
Although I hope that this customary justification, too, will pass away as we advance toward true gender equality.
If it comes to that, what sort of an ass do they think I'd be to come away out here to pass away?
The world will pass away, the word of God will not pass away, and the child of God will not pass away.
The great ideas of a statesman like Hamilton, earnestly bent on the discovery and inculcation of truth, do not pass away.
And then it will pass away as soon as ever you begin travelling.
They are true bills and founded on capital that will never fail, though heaven and earth should pass away.
late 13c. (transitive) "to go by (something)," also "to cross over," from Old French passer (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *passare "to step, walk, pass" (cf. Spanish pasar, Italian passare), from Latin passus "step, pace" (see pace (n.)). Intransitive sense of "to go on, to move forward, make one's way" is attested from c.1300. Figurative sense of "to experience, undergo" (as in pass the time) is first recorded late 14c. Sense of "to go through an examination successfully" is from early 15c. Meaning "decline to do something" is attested from 1869, originally in cards (euchre). In football, hockey, soccer, etc., the meaning "to transfer the ball or puck to another player" is from c.1865. Related: Passed; passing.
The meaning "to be thought to be something one is not" (especially in racial sense) is from 1935, from pass oneself off (as), first found 1809. The general verb sense of "to be accepted as equivalent" is from 1590s. Pass up "decline, refuse" is attested from 1896. Pass the buck is from 1865, said to be poker slang reference to the buck horn-handled knife that was passed around to signify whose turn it was to deal. Pass the hat "seek contributions" is from 1762. Pass-fail as a grading method is attested from 1955, American English.
"mountain defile," c.1300, from Old French pas "step, track, passage," from Latin passus "step, pace" (see pace (n.)).
"written permission to pass into, or through, a place," 1590s, from pass (v.). Sense of "ticket for a free ride or admission" is first found 1838. Colloquial make a pass "offer an amorous advance" first recorded 1928, perhaps from a sporting sense. Phrase come to pass (late 15c.) uses the word with a sense of "completion, accomplishment."
v. passed, pass·ing, pass·es
To go across; go through.
To cause to move into a certain position.
To cease to exist; die.
To be voided from the body.
Asexualadvance; proposition (1928+)
[in the first verb sense, pass oneself off as is found by 1809]