"Fired" being the operative word.
The player lurched along trying to play the disk, but not actually seeming to send any signal to the new TV. Eventually, I smelled the nasty smell that indicated that the magic smoke had escaped from the electronic device, which had reached the end of its life.
Of course, the DVD was still in the player, so I had to disassemble it to get the DVD out.
And I found the six-sided die someone had stuck into the VCR slot of this seven year old combo unit.
I don't actually think the die had anything to do with killing the player. The VCR half, maybe, but not the DVD side.
Must be time to buy a new disc player. (But not a 4K one. Those are still damnably expensive.)