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Days of our Lives’ Beloved Frank Parker Passes Away

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Sad news to report on Tuesday night.  One of the most beloved patriarchs of the Days of our Lives on-screen family, Frank Parker (Shawn Brady) has died.  The actor was suffering from complications from Parkinson’s and Dementia.  He was 79-years-old.

Frank passed away last week on September 16th.  Parker played Shawn Brady, often called “Pop” on the NBC soap opera; the mainstay of the Brady clan from 1983 to 2008.  When he left the series he was given a major exit story as a hero, when he gave up his oxygen mass=k to save his son, Bo (Peter Reckell) on what was to be a doomed airline flight.

Parker also appeared on the soaps:  General Hospital as Paddy Kelly, The Young and the Restless and Never Too Young.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Danielle Buckles and Lindsay Parker (Travis Burbank); his grandson, Jaxson Dale; and numerous nieces and nephews.

With the news of Frank’s passing. his former co-stars are taking to social media to share their grief and remembrances of him.

Here are a few and we will add more as they come to light:

Eileen Davidson:  “I loved working with Frank Parker. What a good man and a terrific actor. RIP”

Stephen Nichols: “Rest In Peace Frank Parker Good man Good actor. Best TV pop in law So full of Blarney and Joy! Much love on your Journey.”

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Wally Kurth: “This is sad news. I so enjoyed spending time with this man. He was a natural actor. Very believable – with a twinkle in his eye that matched his Irish brogue. RIP Frank”

James Reynolds: , loved to sing and with a smile would burst into song. RIP Frank!

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Blake
Blake

RIP Frank Parker. He was great and memorable as Shawn “Pop” Brady.

Momo
Momo

Sad. RIP

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I definitely remember him as Paddy Kelly on GH. May he rest in peace.

AVP
AVP

I remember watching the doomed airline flight episode and Mr. Parker’s exit storyline. May he rest in peace.

Rodd
Rodd

Condolences to his family and co-stars at DAYS. I really enjoyed watching him as Shawn on DOOL. Rest in Peace.

Carol
Carol

Sorry to see this.May God bless you and rip.

Jimh
Jimh

Sad news…whats the update on Peggy Mckay????

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