CentOS 7
VMware ESXi

I used the following method to remove a disk from a system. Note: In this case the volume group only had one volume on it.

Disk: /dev/sde
Volume Name: /dev/vg_name/lv_name
Volume Group Name: vg_name

Remove all volumes in a group:

# lvremove vg_name
Do you really want to remove active logical volume lv_name? [y/n]: y
Logical volume “lv_name” successfully removed

Remove the group:

# vgremove vg_name
Volume group “vg_name” successfully removed

Remove the volume:

# pvremove -v /dev/sde
Wiping cache of LVM-capable devices
Labels on physical volume “/dev/sde” successfully wiped

I deleted the disk from vSphere, and then rescan for the changes:

# echo “- – -” > /sys/class/scsi_host/host0/scan

Verify that the disk is no longer there:

# fdisk -l /dev/sde