Fans of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” were shocked to learn that Richard Belzer’s John Munch was departing the long-running crime procedural.

Soon to follow him out the door is Dann Florek, whose Captain Donald Cragen is saying goodbye after nearly 20 years, "Variety" reports.

Florek confirmed that he will be leaving “SVU”  in the middle of the NBC drama’s 15th season, tweeting:

He thanks fans for their response to the news adding, “Love is love! Digging what you all r saying. Let me hear it. U r the most awesome fans ever!!!!!”

The 63-year-old actor, began the role in 1990 on the flagship “Law & Order” before moving into the spinoff in 1999.

His other credits include “L.A. Law,” the 1994 live-action adaptation of “The Flintstones” and “Smart Guy.

“SVU” airs Wednesday nights at 9pm on NBC, and will return with new episodes in January.

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