She had done something like d.o.a. and had a small part in Top Gun.
But five years and a morgue-full of d.o.a. sitcoms later, ABC has found its new modern family.
also d.o.a., 1929, police slang abbreviation of dead on arrival.
dead on admission
dead on arrival
Dead on arrivalnoun
: Don't risk being a DOA by driving drunk