“General Hospital” actor Tyler Christopher has died at the age of 50.
The actor, best known for his Emmy-winning role on the hit soap opera, passed away following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment.
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“I can confirm that Tyler Christopher has passed away this morning,” Chi Lo, Christopher’s rep, told Fox News Digital.
“This news was incredibly shocking, and I am devastated by his loss. He was a very gifted actor, and more importantly, an amazing friend. My heart goes out to his friends and family who loved him so much.”
“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Tyler Christopher. Tyler passed away this morning following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment. Tyler was a truly talented individual that lit up the screen in every scene he performed and relished bringing joy to his loyal fans through his acting,” Christopher’s “General Hospital” co-star Maurice Benard wrote on Instagram.
Per Fox News:
Maurice’s wife, Paula Smith, told Fox News Digital, “Maurice and I are devastated. And believed in him always.”
Christopher took on the role as Nikolas Cassadine on “General Hospital” from 1996 to 2016. He also played Stefan DiMera on “Days of Our Lives” from 2018 to 2019.
He won a Daytime Emmy Award for his “Days of Our Lives” role and was nominated five times throughout his career.
🚨BREAKING: General Hospital star, Tyler Christopher, has died at the age of 50. pic.twitter.com/gPXPZAfh6X
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Benard also noted that “Tyler was an advocate for better mental health and substance use treatment who openly spoke about his struggles with bipolar depression and alcohol. We are beyond devastated by the loss of our dear friend and pray for his children and his father.”
General Hospital Executive Producer Frank Valentini told PEOPLE in a statement: “I am heartbroken over the news of Tyler Christopher’s passing. He was kind, an incredible actor, and dear friend, who was beloved by our GH family and fans of Nikolas Cassadine.”
Valentini added, “On behalf of everyone at General Hospital, our heartfelt sympathies go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.”
“In 2008, Christopher married former ESPN reporter Brienne Pedigo and reportedly divorced in 2021,” People noted.
“He was also previously married to Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria from 2002 to 2004,” the outlet added.
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Tyler Christopher’s death follows the tragic loss of “Friends” star Matthew Perry.
Perry died at 54 of an apparent drowning, but reports suggest he may have experienced a cardiac arrest.