When this happened, I was, understandably, very upset. I had suspected it would happy, but reading chapter fifty eight, I didn’t want to think that he was really gone. Few characters have made me really dread their demise, and L I had developed a strong fondness for. So when he died, I had to put the manga down for a while.
The anime was even more moving. Episode 25 was a particularly beautiful, sad episode. Whereas it seemed like L had been quietly pushed out of the way in the manga, in the anime, his death was drawn out, in a way. The episode showed us his more human side, how lonely he was, how the only person he might have had an affinity with was his enemy from day one.