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Coby Ryan McLaughlin Is GH’s Hank aka Shiloh; What Do You Think Shiloh Is Ultimately Up To?

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Viewers of General Hospital over the past week have seen the debut of the character of Hank. First, on the December 27th episode of the ABC daytime drama series, but it turns out there is more to this story.

When Hank arrived in Port Charles he mistook Jason (Steve Burton) for Drew (Billy Miller), claiming he knew Drew from his time in Afghanistan.  Jason thinks something is fishy with this guy.  Jason told his brother about Hank, and gave him his contact info, but warned Drew to be careful.  Drew has no memory of the guy.

Later, when Drew ran into Hank, the guy filled Drew in on the supposed back-story.  According to Hank, Drew had saved his life after an explosion in the war, and wanted to locate him to say, “thank you.”

Then, on today’s Thursday, January 3rd episode, things get a bit more intriguing.  As it turns out, the house (or is a cult?) that Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) is living at is run by the Dawn of Day’s group leader, Shiloh.  When Jason and Sam (Kelly Monaco) take Kristina up on her offer to check out the place, they do.  Once there, they meet Shiloh, who is actually Hank.

Sam and Jason are perturbed and not-trusting of this guy’s intentions.  Shiloh tells them and Kristina, that he changed his name to evolve and make changes in his life.  Shiloh explains to Sam that he is a life coach.  She questions how people can afford to live there in the house.  He responds by saying people pay what they can.

Coby Ryan McLaughlin is the actor who is playing this new villain in town.  Y&R fans may recognize him from portraying the DNA “expert” who helped Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) dupe her brother, Jack (Peter Bergman).

As for McLaughlin, he has also appeared on numerous primetime series including: Parenthood, Castle, NCIS, and Graceland.

So, what do you think Shiloh’s end game is?  What does he want?  Could he be working for someone?  What are your impressions of Coby Ryan McLaughlin thus far? Comment below.

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John
John

I think the canvas is over populated as it is and last thing we need our newbies

Sassy Duck
Sassy Duck

STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT! The show is bloated with actors as it is. When one leaves, or dies, another takes their place. Please put a moritorium on adding ANY new characters. I’m tired of so many stories bouncing around the screen with most of them never going anywhere. It’s unsatisfying and unnecessary, and most of the new characters are boring, as are the storylines (Willow, Daisy, now Hank) ‘nuf said. General Hospital has unfortunately been so dumbed down over the years, that it’s barely a shadow of its former self. I always try to find something redeeming about GH, and rarely, if ever, say anything negative without reason. But, after watching the show since 1963, I’m ready to chuck it and move on. This is a first for me. You’re losing a long time fan and I would not be a bit surprised if I’m not the only one who feels the same way. So, STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Why am I thinking Helena Cassadine is going to be involved in this somehow?

Celia
Celia

Hmmmmm–sounds good to me, James. And, this also, directly connects Drew, Sam and Jason.
Perhaps, the obscurity about Hank/Shiloh will compel Drew to use the disk-drive Margaux gave him?

Celia
Celia

Oops–I meant to type hard-drive. Have no clue why I wrote disk. LOL.

Patrick
Patrick

Shelly AND Chris : could you just let a story play out some… before you insert your dullards ? case in point… about Jason running to Sam, and sharing with her something fishy and not right ? blech ! already the story has dropped to little or no interest.. as this sleuthing twosome.. with help from Spinelli and then Sonny interject… and it’s the dullard all over again.. is this an attempt by the writers to include Billy Miller.. to give him story ? to embarrass us all .. because we knew their was some religious “right” and CULT on the horizon. lets hope Shelly and Chris die on the cross.. I get it… drink your kool-aid

su000
su000

1st, Shiloh is Not a villain.
There are few true villains.
A bad person is not necessarily of villain level.

S0 far he might be bad and conniving but not worthy of the villain badge.

I like him.. He is handsome and that gives him points lol.
He has a cult but it doesn’t seem its a killer cult but a self-help thing that is totally stupid but not lethal.

I like new characters so I’m cheering him on..

And Ray pppffftt for being a serial killer it’s a Fail..
not drama, suspense no nothing BORING DULL.
he’s on the far side of a serial killer, weak very weak.
my dog has more oomph than Ray while passing gas(he makes a bigger stink bwahaa!).

Harry
Harry

Who is Ray?

su000
su000

hi Harry–
sorry I made you struggle with that one..
ok-
Ray, Rey, Raa, Raymond, Rah, that guy 🙂

note; he is not a favorite of mine, I’m not attracted to him, nope no way,so eehhhh.
He’s Ray eehhh Rey.. lol

Harry
Harry

Suoo, are you willfully gas lighting me? Or does it just come to you naturally? I think you mean Ryan. Rey is the police officer from Y&R, and last time I checked, Rey was not a serial killer. As far as Ryan is concerned–the Ryan storyline is horrific, grisly, macabre, sinister. These aforementioned adjectives are all things you normally cherish. How is this achieved? I’ll tell ya. It is achieved because Jon Lindstrom manages to pull this off with a nuanced understatement but you can see the full frontal rage, the psychotic urge being resisted as Ryan pretends to be his brother. You know what’s scarier than slasher movies? The human imagination. Jon Lindstrom as Ryan triggers the dark imagination with a suppressed expression, with hands violently twisting shoes laces and with his almond shaped eyes suddenly turning black. I think he’s so good at playing a psychotic serial killer that some viewers still have yet to catch up with him. Ryan is one of the best soap villains of all time–I put him the same category as Billy Clyde Tuggell which is high praise indeed.

Celia
Celia

LOL….this ‘suuuu’ fun, Harry!! Cracking up, here!! Can’t make this stuff up! HaHaHaHaHa!! Oh, Lordy Lord!!

Fancy
Fancy

I think Su000 meant Ryan.

Harry
Harry

Thank you, Fancy. I figured as much.

su000
su000

ahh OK, ‘Ryan: it is..
He’s the cotton candy serial killer.. bwaa what a fail.
He is the cuddle bunny of serial killers..

before my time; Ray Gardner was an actual villain as was Billy Clyde.
There were many Actual chill binding shocking villain back when.
Now there are no villains just bad guys and powderpuff serial killers.

The last of the last would be;
‘James’ Franco’s Franco- at the least that character stirred Emotions got the blood flowing made fans take notice and yell at the screen, and still he was not equal to the Real Actual crazy raw villains ..

ppppfffttt Ryan bwahaa what a dud.
SNOOOORE ..

They need to revive the old scripts, the scripts that had hard writers that could create villains as Ray Gardner, Billy Clyde, the badass Cassidines, and all the spine chilling villains of days long gone.
I’m sure you could write a list of the greats..
and- it sure in heck is not powderpuff Ryan.BOOOO!AHAA SHEESHHH.

Satan
Satan

The guy is both a cult leader and a mercenary. Don’t see how he could have any redeeming qualities with that mixture.

After observing humanity for several millenia, it’s easy to recognize certain patterns in you mortals. Shiloh/Hank is checking a lot of those boxes, and he ain’t even been around a week yet. Hell, if we didn’t already know Ryan was the serial killer, this guy would be at the top of my suspect list for that too. And he’s obviously going to be behind whatever plot against Sam is in the works (regarding her ancient history with that old dead guy from where ever)

Harry
Harry

I see him a cross between Charles Manson and Reverend Jim Jones but he’ll probably just end up being a pyramid scheme salesman.

Liza
Liza

GH needs to bring Kris Kardashian and Kim Kardashian and sign them to contracts, they will be related to Sonny. The ratings would spike up and also bring back John Stamos as Blackie.

Jimh
Jimh

Show has many rotten actors as it is and the Kartrashians would destroy what very little GH has going for it!!!

Fancy
Fancy

True Jimh, This bonfire doesn’t need additional fuel‼️

Dinah
Dinah

Lol Fancy, you are the bon fire darling.

Anita
Anita

Yuuuuuck

Harry
Harry

WHY? I want the Kardashian/Jenner family to go away forever. I am tired of these trashy, un accomplished idiots showing up on my phone’s news feed and I certainly do not want to see them on my soaps. Enough with reality TV stars.

Helen
Helen

I agree with Liza, The Kardashians are well loved. They are good people, who give back to the community. They give money to the homeless and other charities. I want to see Kris and Khloe and Kim sign contracts with GH. Sonny will have his hands full with his love children lol

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I am serious, are you kidding, or really serious? I’d throw my TV set out, like it was on fire!!

Steve
Steve

He seems intriguing and is a fairly good actor. Ryan can’t be the only bad guy walking around the streets of Port Chuck.

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

I am intrigued by this surprise turn of events. And, honestly, this dude is one of the most gorgeous men that I have ever seen. Wow! 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

HE … totally thru me when he was playing pool with Jason. looking good with the dark camera angles… hello

some mystique

Celia
Celia

He is that, Jason. I remember Coby Ryan from so many shows …..Y&R, NCIS, Parenthood, Bones….and so many more. He’s hot and interesting.LOL–a bad boy on GH??
❤️

Iakovos
Iakovos

I think this is a ripped from headlines plot akin to that bizarre cult that led to arrest of Allison Mack and others. ???

Rodd
Rodd

He was so intense with Drew at GH that I thought he was gonna kiss him and say they had been lovers. Whatever’s going on with him, I find that there are a bunch of holes in this story already. Shiloh/Hank didn’t just arrive in PC when he ran into Jason, he had to have been there for months. Daisy was introduced months ago and was already living “at the house” when she met Christina. So what was Hank up to all this time?

I’m not sure where they’re going with this story or if I want to care. The writers have started so many storylines and dropped them during 2018. It feels like we’re all in a story meeting with the writers and they’re throwing ideas out, write them for a little, get bored and then start new ones. This is very frustrating for me.

“News” interrupted one or two days of the show in my area, but I never saw this producer that was Ryan’s latest victim before Ryan went to visit and kill him. I never saw Curtis meet the guy. Moreover, where did this idea for a TV show with Curtis come from? Never heard him talk about that before, but boy!, was it important to him for one show! See what I mean?

I hope things improve in PC in 2019. I love GH and want it to get better.

Patrick
Patrick

YEAR 2019 : Classic entry to soap annals… YES YES YES

“^^^He was so intense with Drew at GH that I thought he was gonna kiss him…”

I just love the I get it too

Celia
Celia

Shiloh is up to no good. He did his homework……he is informed on every aspect PC-residents’ life; past and present. No way did he know Drew…..a fabrication. He will use said info to his own benifit. He is the one behind Sam’s phone “teaser”. The question is. What the Hank for?
Kristina–when will she be allowed to grow up? She acts like a fouteen-year-old….why is this girl/woman not given any ambition? A goal in which to strive? Aspire? Instead she’s thrown hither and yon without purpose.
Now, it seems, that all overgrown ‘teens’ gather in “Shiloh’s House of ill reFUTE”. Madness!!
GH is in complete chaos…. it has become a gallimafry of idiotic incidents and situations…..and “duh” characters. Truly frustrating….
Willow is Nina’s. Kiki’s twin. Valentin will get his. What’s that word? Comeuppance?? Yeah. That one.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Hey Celia, Good to see a post from you and as always right on the money!

Celia
Celia

Hello, Lew,
Good to see you post, too, my dear friend. Thank you—means everything coming from you.
Let’s hope someone “interrupts” Ryan before he does Laura harm.
I wonder how many more victims he will “amass” before this fallacy comes to an end.
Happy New Year to you and yours. Health and Peace!!❤️

Lew S.
Lew S.

Thank you and Happy New Year to you as well.

Fancy
Fancy

CeeCee sweetheart,
Bonne année et bonne santé ‼️

Celia
Celia

La meme chose pour vous, ma belle amie!! Je suis reconnaissante pour chaque cadeau dans mon “plat”.
Merci beaucoup pour la douceur de vos paroles.. .
Restez bien❤️

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey, Celia. I agree Shiloh is up to no good (but, he’s FINE lookin’! 😉

I don’t think Kiki and Willow are twins. I think Kiki (who I couldn’t stand) was definitely Ava’s but I do think Willow is Nina’s (who I usually like but she’s getting on my nerves with her Charlotte cheerleading and her trying to tell Lulu how to raise HER daughter.)

As for Kristina, I think it’s interesting that they have her searching for herself. Many people in real life do…and don’t find themselves for years. Sometimes never. Makes her realistic, and sets up her as someone to fall for a cult like this. If everyone on a soap had their “stuff” together it’d be pretty dull, or at least too perfect; which life never is. Art imitates life and all that stuff…

Celia
Celia

Hi, Rebecca,
Yeah…I guess it does take a lifetime for some of us to find ourselves…..I am soooo on the fence about Kristina….should I pity her? ….or bolster her defiance? I was never one to rebel against my mother….. Subconsciously, she does seem to blame her mother for whatever goes wrong in her life.
There’s such a fine line between wallowing in misery by whining and acting like an adult, regardless of one’s parenting. I supposed it boils down to my “disenchantment” of her. I am not into Kristina. What will happen? Hmmm….maybe she’ll sleep with Shiloh and decide she’s not gay/bi, afterall? Or, will it reenforce the fact that she’s gay. ….could be this is why she is at such a confused crossroads. Will Shiloh be her salvation? ….metaphorically and symbolically speaking???? LOL.
As Ava, despite her angst, a mother who truly loves her child, would never steer said offspring in the wrong direction; even after considering her own peccadilloes.
I’m glad you agree about Willow. I felt that vibe since she and Sasha were introduced—-almost at the same time. Jimh suggested that Sasha is Nina’s sister? Sounds good to me.
But, I must eat crow about Kiki, albeit reluctantly. LOL.
Did you like Alderson? The original Kiki? Was it the character or the actress? I liked them both!!
Lulu? Her wide-eyed, forever startled eyes drive me to distraction; so I FF. I think TPTB could do a lot better with this character—she and her reporter-notepad do not an inspiring picture make. ❤️ Happy New Year!!

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…..You are so right regarding the perpetually-childish Krissy blaming her mother for all her woes in the world,,but then again, I have to say she is probably pretty spot-on in that assertion! The wanton, weak-willed Alexis was certainly not an appropriate role model for any of her daughters…she bore three different offspring—two illegitimately—each with a separate father, none of whom could be termed as a good, decent or honorable man! To have been exposed to the constant chaos and moral morass which are the cornerstones in the life story of Alexis Davis is hardly a healthy environment for any child to survive, let alone thrive….All three of the girls suffered collateral damage due to their mother’s poor and irresponsible behavior…it’s actually a wonder Molly turned out so well, although in recent years she has become too much like her gobby, opinionated maternal figure for my taste. Having said that, I still harbor no sympathy for Kristina…she is one of the most disagreeable characters to ever inhabit the GH canvas…she’s been a surly, rebellious brat for as long as I can remember and it is time she finally grew up and stopped invoking her dubious upbringing as an excuse for her own repeatedly bad choices…no matter how valid the charges accorded to her terrible parentage, she nonetheless had a very privileged existence and many opportunities to make something of herself apart from those negative influences, and each time she managed to create a ruinous scenario of her own design…It is indeed time for her to learn to stand on her own two feet…no more of the blame game, or using one mommy/daddy substitute after another as an emotional crutch. Before Little Miss Krissy can find herself, she needs to stop searching in all the wrong places and look within her own psyche to find the answers. However, I doubt that shall ever happen, because GH has gotten too much mileage out of this wayward child act even though it exceeded its shelf life years ago!!!

Timmm
Timmm

He is probably the one who has been secretly sending Sam messages and will ultimately kidnap her and Jason will be her hero!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Let’s cut to the Chase. Just had to mention the self-defense class today. My goodness, Nina is more awkward in her sweats than regular attire. Throwing those legs and arms around, looking so uncomfortable. I kept waiting for that half heart necklace to pop out of Willow’s shirt. We know its coming soon , these two women that can’t stand each other, winding up mother and daughter. I think Willow will be able to hold her own with Nina, and not let herself be overpowered. If we didn’t know better, we could see where Charlotte gets her bullying from.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Cute word play there, Violet 🙂 And I agree with your post. If we didn’t know Charlotte was Lulu’s her behavior would indicate a Nina mini-me. LOL; I’ve always liked Nina but her Charlotte obsession and overbearing mama bear (which would be great under the right circumstances) is annoying.

Chase? I’d chase him anywhere; he could chase me anywhere. Too much? LOL; he’s just so gorgeous! (And just got engaged to an equally stunning actress.)

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

rebecca1
First of all, I’ve missed your posts, or have I just MISSED them? Honey, if I were about sixty years younger, I’d chase him, until he caught me! He’s a cutie alright, and dimples you could drown in.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL; Hi, Violet; no you haven’t missed my posts. I haven’t been around “these here parts” for a while. Thought I’d pop in and see if some of my ol’ buds were still here, you included. 😉

Sigh. I’m afraid neither one of us would have a chance even if we were 20; his fiance is gorgeous! Striking couple.

But, hey! Soaps are all about the make believe/fantasy, right? 😉

Happy New Year!

Timmm
Timmm

Nina was jumping up and down like a 13 year old! How embarrassing!

Shay
Shay

For some reason, GH thinks it’s cute to have “women of a certain age” act like silly, giddy teenagers, whether it be Nina’s strangely adolescent behavior, especially with men, or Alexis with her repeatedly gross tendency to play the schoolgirl in uncontrollable heat like it’s the first time she’s ever experienced such overwhelming physical urges. Not only are such displays humiliating and repulsive, but they are an absolute insult to mature, sophisticaled females who left that childish conduct behind when they graduated from junior high!!!

Harry
Harry

Timm, better Nina than Sam. Otherwise Sam would have two black eyes after jumping up and down like a coltish teenager.

Timmm
Timmm

Ha Ha Ha!

Bren
Bren

Bullying is taught it’s not genetic.

Jimh
Jimh

The writers probably dont know what he is up to…lol…but in that picture he reminds me of soap writer Ron C.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

That remark he made to Sam about people oftimes change their names, when they change their lives stuck with me. Chrissy is being very naive, and hope she turns down offers of Kool-aid. I say he’s up to no good, but time will tell.

rose
rose

Violet…He sorta reminds me of the Levi character from a few years ago. Certainly he’s up to no good.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Rose, that Levi was a piece of work wasn’t he,
but he was more of a jerky guy. This one is more of a a chamelian type, just by the way he changes his facial expressions, and his scary eyes.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I forgot to say that I think the involvement with Sam is obvious, but I can’t figure out the Drew and Jason connection yet.

Fancy
Fancy

Most definitely like Levi.

aria
aria

oh gee, another storyline that makes Jason and sam front and center, why o why?

DMK
DMK

Hey- does anyone know what music was playing in the background @ the Floating Rib on Hank’s 12/27 debut? Tx

Reta
Reta

I loved that song too!

Erin H.
Erin H.

Might be Andrew Belle ‘in my veins’

Pat
Pat

Hard Times is the name of that song, not sure by who

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’m intrigued…and he’s a Julian lookalike!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

You stole the words right out of my mouth, rebecca1! If they were smart, they’d work that angle!

And Happy New Year to you, Friend!

Fancy
Fancy

Another useless storyline…with characters we care nothing about.

aria
aria

so what does shiloh want? he’s here to upset gh fan who will now complaint about the newbie taking up air time from the vets. his end game will be to get those fans to endlessly complain about gh overloaded cast, and how they will quit watching and of course they will also start predicting like crazy gh cancellation. shiloh end game? make those gh fans head explode!

Harry
Harry

Aria. I’m just worried about when Shiloh will be introduced to Willow. “Willow
meet Shiloh. Willow, Shiloh. “

Pat
Pat

Rofl !!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

It took a while, but we finally have another actor with the surname McLaughlin working on GH!!

Joe
Joe

It’s obviously clear why the Y&R is number one and has been for 30 years!

Timmm
Timmm

WOW, he could be a Jerome! I dont mind the guy. I know the cast is already too big but its a new story. It might suck but nothing as bad as Y&R right now! I watched Friday’s “Cliffhanger” episode in 15 minutes!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Hi Timmm,
I have read he is a Cassadine. Don’t know how reliable the source is.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Timmm,
Yes, Y&R is pretty boring but predictable right now. Victor really acted like he knew what Nicki was referring to, about who killed JT. I wonder if he does know it was his wife, with a little help from her friends, ha!

Harry
Harry

Y&R is unbearable, Timm. I can’t believe how bad it’s gotten.

Timmm
Timmm

Thats why I dont think GH is to bad right now because I look at Y&R and I dont even recognize it!

Patrick
Patrick

as I said… watching Sam and Jason “storm” in to “camp enlightenME first”

I believe 1/2 the audience PLUS is already caught UP in – that – doozy Hank.

Kristina : “Do you have to be such a bitch” Sam is *the little miss know it all” as she searches Jason “face” or EYES for sex or guidance

even Jason has dulled that much more… as his paranoia for the safety of Kristina and his “relationship” with Drew ALL in question… Jason HeMan is on it

then you have Hank reassuring Kristina that she will find herself. OKEY DOKEY Shelly and Chris are really on it themselves.

all the suspicion being played out by Sam and Jason… argh! this is laugh out loud stuff.. just be quiet , go backburner, put on your costume already…

Shelly and Chris , SHOULD HAVE explored Hank / Shiloh… BEFORE letting in the dullard . JUST AS THEY SHOULD have done the same with Ryan… altho… I am giving this one legs because they have slowed down immensely the interaction with the equally lame and suspicious Carly and laura. let some mystery intrigue and imagination PLAY OUT !!!!

give us an effing break !!!! Shelly and Chris = “write”

why would we want to see Sam and Jason that quickly.. they are on every effin day

Bren
Bren

I think Shiloh is a smoke screen used by DA Margeaux to keep Jason busy so he doesn’t see what’s going on with Sonny.And please Ryan/Kevin make Christina your next victim she is the dumbest 25 year old I’ve ever seen on the soap planet. Why do they always have to make her a easily lead AIR HEAD.

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However, David’s earlier football past as a high school and college football player could very well been the reason why he suffered so many years before, and as Kate related here in these excerpts: “But this diagnosis came after years of suffering with Dad’s cognitive decline, and arguably decades of signs. Without exposing the most excruciating details of a disease that could extinguish the most vibrant of men, I can confess that his case was anything but typical.  We lost him in fits and starts, over and over, for roughly seven years leading up to his final breath. Begrudgingly, we learned to lie to him — ‘entering his world,’ as my brother Chris so delicately deemed it — to skirt the contradictory truths that would trigger his outbursts, which left physical scars on objects, on himself, and on others. We knew many families who had faced Alzheimer’s, yet we were the only ones uttering the comparison ‘Jekyll and Hyde.  Those closest to Dad witnessed firsthand the erratic, delusional and at times explosive episodes that characterized his particular case, which we tried attributing to an overactive imagination in a broken brain. But as more information emerges about CTE and the nature of its symptoms — the violent mood swings, the lapses in judgment, the hours-long hallucinations, the paranoid delusions — we are left with more questions than answers, more regret than relief.”

Kate goes on to state the facts that David Canary suffered at least four major concussions as a lineman in his high school and college football playing days between the ages of 16 and 22, (she also relates that those are the ones he remembered).  She also notes the multi-Daytime Emmy winning star has experienced cognitive difficulties decades before his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and that there was no genetic lineage that the family knew of that would you would often find with Alzheimer’s patients.  She also noted that David’s volatility was unusual for a patient suffering from this disease, which leads us all back to CTE.

In the end a loving daughter asks the questions, “Did football kill my father?”  Kate was on the verge of looking into a way to donate David’s brain to science, but sadly he passed away eight weeks later in November of 2015.

The upshot is that when mothers and fathers allow their kids to play football or other-related sports at an early age were concussions are a possibly or involved, think again, you could be changing the course of their lives forever.

So, what did you think of what Kate shared about David Canary’s mental health and condition?  It would seem CTE could have been the root cause of what befell this giant of a man in the daytime soap world. Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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