The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken has said she regrets killing off Erin Daniels on the show's third season.

Daniels' Dana Fairbanks, a tennis professional, died of heart failure after being diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in the season.

The revelation comes as the complete DVD set of Showtime's groundbreaking lesbian drama arrives on retail shelves, just in time for the holidays.

In a short clip from the upcoming reunion special posted on, Chaiken, surrounded by many of the show's stars, including Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, Laurel Holloman, Leisha Hailey and Daniels, said being the cause of the much-loved Fairbanks' demise has been difficult to live with.

“The one thing that I most regret on the show is Dana's death,” Chaiken said. “The reaction was so passionate and the grief was so deeply felt – and to have be responsible for causing that kind of grief just is hard to live with. … If I could go back and do it over again that might be the one thing I'd do differently.”