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Billy Miller’s Mother Issues Statement On His Passing

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Patricia Miller, the mother of the late Billy Miller, has come forward and issued a touching statement on the tragic death of her beloved son at age 43.  The statement was shared by Billy’s longtime manager, Marnie Sparer, via social media.

Billy was best-known for his performances as Richie Nowack on All My Children, Billy Abbott of The Young and the Restless and Jason Morgan/Drew Cain on General Hospital, as well as countless primetime roles.  Throughout his career, Miller took home three Daytime Emmys for his work.

“I would like to share the following thoughts,” Patricia began. “I want to personally thank the many fans & personal friends for the overwhelming amount of love, prayers & condolences sent to me and my family on the devastating death of my beautiful son BJ – Billy Miller.”

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Patricia continued with these sentiments, as she wanted to clear up any misinterpretations on this death: “He fought a long hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years. He did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, his friends and his fans but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life. The other causes of death being told are not true. I wish they were but they just aren’t. We all loved him so much and are desperately trying to deal with our loss. I will have nothing further to say. Thanks for the love and support.”

The soap world as well as Billy’s family, friends, loved ones, and colleagues are in deep mourning for this talented man, who was gone too soon.

Share your thoughts, and send your condolences to Patricia Miller and the rest of Billy’s family, via the comment section below.

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So so sorry for you rest in peace.

I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a great actor. I loved him on Y and R. Depress is a hard diseases. I wish he could have gotten some help . Praying you and your family know he is at peace now and is with God. He will watch over you. God Bless your family.

It would be a wonderful world if all diseases had a cure..

Real-life bipolar is devastating, no cure..

And it affects all families in soulful heartache as they have no power to help..

I have a dear friend who suffers from bipolar and it affects me because

there is so much I want to do for her to lessen her misery, and I haven’t the power.

In the end Billy did it his way, heartbreaking..

The loved ones left behind their souls ach and hearts bleed, over their loss.

Su, This is a beautiful post.

He was such a great actor and he will surely be missed by his family and his fan we love and miss you Mr Billy Miller

So sorry for your loss!He was a great actor.

As many former cast mates mentioned how kind and generous Billy was, we now know where he got it from. Immensely thoughtful for Mrs. Miller to issue a message to fans in her most sorrowful time.

No need for anyone to speculate any further on how he died. Just remember him for the wonderful actor and kind person he was.

I’m so sorry for your loss. I understand that mental illness can take over your life. And there were times I tried, but God still keeps me here. I wish we can do more and talk more about Mental Health.

You will be truly missed billy.

How very sad

Lots of hugs and prayers and thank you for reaching out to all of Billy’s fans. He will truly be missed.

You are a brave and loving mother to come forth to put all his fans at ease to understand the pain of depression which does affect a lot of people during this time…just know that your son was well loved and cherished for the person in everyone’s life and all of his fans…as disheartening as this is i pray you find peace knowing how loved he was and i am sure he knew the love he was receiving but depression and worthiness are the devastating evil that has taken over so many people during this time and pray that it gets better understood and people begin to understand they are not alone…again my prayers and love for sharing your son with us…

My Condolences praying for family and friends Billy was one favorite actor he great actor and talented his smile was Contagious ❤️

I am so heartbroken and share in your pain, I loved him on Y&R, may he be at peace and rest in eternal peace. MY thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

I loved him on young and the restless so very sorry to see him leave this world so soon, he may be gone but never forgotten.

My deepest condolences go out to you and your family in this time of sorrow may ur son Rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon him. He is your guardian

I loved Billy he was a amazing actor my deepest condolences and prayers go out to you and the rest of his family I am deeply sadden I suffer from depression I’m 57 and it is a rocky road may God wrap him in his arms and take him to the place he prepared for him RIH Billy ❤️ you will be missed

Prayers for comfort and strength for you and your family. A talented actor and admirable man, may he now rest in peace. So very sorry for your loss

Mrs. Miller. Your son brought smiles to his fans. Condolences to your family. RIP Billy.

I’m very saddened by this terrible loss. I pray Billy is at peace with the Lord.

Mrs. Miller you and the family have my deepest sympathy and condolences. He was an awesome actor. I truly miss seeing him on the ” Young And The Restless “. He was the best person to act as Billy Abbott. RIH, Mr. Billy Miller. ❤️❤️

So very sorry for the loss of your amazing son. He brought so much joy and love to all of his fans. He was so talented and will be truly missed❤️❤️May he rest in peace ❤️❤️

My condolences are from the depths of my heart. I KNOW your sorrow. God and family will see you through your loss. There is no more painful tragedy than that of losing a child. Beautiful Billy with his sunny smile is by your side and will remain so forevermore!! Let that gorgeous smile guide you throughout your life.

I’ve battled this disease my whole life, it’s tough, I am 65. Certainly Billy’s cause of death adds to the grief. May he rest in peace.

He was a remarkable actor!! Depression is such a terrible disease. It takes and takes, eats away until there is no more. It’s as bad as cancer! It robs the person of their livelyhood and us of our loved one. I followed Billy from Y&R to GH to his guess appearances, tried to keep up with him in between all of them but he was a private person. I will just have to keep his face fresh in my mind and pray that he has found peace. ❤️

My heart is broken at the passing of Billy Miller. He was taken too soon and still had a lifetime to go. He was a great actor on the screen.
Mrs. Miller, you and your family have my deepest condolences. He will be missed by us all who loved him.
Thank you for allowing him to entertain us on television.

I’m so sorry for your loss Prayers for you and family and friends

My utmost condolences to you, your family and friends. I am also grateful to finally read the truth as there have been misconceptions regarding Billy’s death. He was loved by so many of us as a talented and lovely human being. I enjoyed his acting and mere presence on my TV screen and reading of his passing was one of the worst days of my life.My heart goes out to you at this painful time of your life.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful son with the world and now so bravely sharing his end. Weeping will endure for a night because joy comes in the morning! May God give you and your family the strength to endure this tragic loss and ease your pain in due time., God bless this family in their time of need.

I have been a GH fan since before high school I had a crush on Steve Hardy,,Audrey,Lucille etc.The best one I will never forget was Luke and Laura’s wedding!!!We were even watching in school!!

So sorry for your loss. Billy was a talented actor and a beautiful person. You raised a wonderful man!

My sincere condolences. I that God will strengthen you and your family to carry on

Hi Patricia, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your son was a wonderful actor and he was so handsome and so kind. I want you to know I really sympathize with you losing him. That way I lost my sister six years ago to suicide. She was bipolar and she was a beautiful person she Helped Everybody, but the illness got to her I never did get over losing her but what helps me keep going as I know she she’s with the Lord and she’s at peace and I will see her one day. You are in my prayers as your whole family is❤️ God bless you, Patricia.

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