Ughh, that sucks so much! That's why games have character limits now! It's okay in a sandbox if everyone agrees to it, but that's because people respect that each of their characters are important to the game and won't pull that. -_- Sorry your game died.
Once, in a game I ran, when we lost someone, I had to NPC a character just to make the rest of a plot make any sense. It was so frustrating. I had to research the show first just to fix it.