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Miami's Face-Eating "Zombie" Returns on Grey's Anatomy

screen grab from Grey's Anatomy Thriler episode
Grey's Anatomy's take on the Miami's face-eating zombie.
Shonda Rhimes is hitting the bottom of the barrel when it comes to story ideas for the tenth season of her medical drama Grey's Anatomy. Rhimes, the creator, writer, and executive producer of the show, brought Miami's face-eating zombie back to life on the Halloween episode, Thriller last Thursday.

It's been almost a year and a half since the incident. The rest of the nation shook their heads at how unrealistic the cannibalistic cheek-chewing seemed, but viewers in Miami sank into their seats and gasped: THE FACE-EATING ZOMBIE IS BACK.

See also: Naked Man Shot by Miami Police After Eating Other Man's Face

After most people had moved on from the ordeal of Miami's real-life zombie, the likeness of him and his face-eaten victim were wheeled in on stretchers at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital.

"He just attacked me, came out of nowhere. He started snarling and growling," the victim hysterically explains, his face covered in bloodied bandages.

"A person did this to you?!" Dr. Kepner says in disbelief.

"And he started eating my face like some sort of..." the victim trails off.

"Zombie?!?!?!?!" Dr. Murphy ominously answers for him.

Don't act so surprised, Doc.

On a sunny afternoon at the end of May 2012, 31-year-old Rudy Eugene tore off his clothes on a sidewalk near the MacArthur Causeway and began attacking then 65-year-old Ronald Poppo, a homeless man. Eugene was biting Poppo's face off. When Eugene refused to back away from Poppo, a Miami Police officer fatally shot the frenzied Eugene. But it was too late; most of Poppo's face had been destroyed.

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