SAN DIEGO – It wasn’t hard for “Game of Thrones” to say goodbye to several characters at Comic-Con.

The panel for the fantasy HBO series kicked off Friday with an “in memoriam” segment set to Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”

The tribute was dedicated to the scads of characters who’ve bitten the dust on the show, ranging from Khal Drogo to Wine Merchant to Catelyn Stark, the character played by Michelle Fairley who died in the infamous “Red Wedding” installment.

“I knew how many years I signed for, so I knew what was coming,” said Fairley at the pop culture event.

The vicious slayings of many Westeros residents in the third season surprised many viewers, especially the brutal “Red Wedding” episode.

“We’d been waiting for it for so long and dreading it, and having it turn out better than we expected because of these actors was one of the greatest moments of my life,” series co-creator David Benioff said.

“Game of Thrones” cast members Fairley, Peter Dinklage, John Bradley, Kit Harrington, Rose Leslie, Richard Madden and Emilia Clarke joined “A Song of Fire and Ice” mastermind George R.R. Martin and series co-creators Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Martin said he needed to get to work finishing the two upcoming novels, “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring,” because the show is catching up with source material.

Comic-Con was held in the San Diego Convention Center.

Kanye’s scuffle with paparazzo under scrutiny

LOS ANGELES – Police were investigating a scuffle Friday between rapper Kanye West and a cameraman at Los Angeles International Airport.

Numerous witnesses were interviewed about the afternoon incident, LAX police Sgt. Steve Savala said.

TMZ posted a video of the tussle, showing West being thronged by cameras while trying to get into a white Mercedes Benz waiting curbside.

As flashbulbs illuminate his face, West accuses the paparazzi of trying to provoke him “so I have to pay you, like, $250,000.” He then lunges at a photographer’s camera and tries to wrestle it away.