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Days of our Lives Peggy McCay Passes Away

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One of the greatest actresses, and one of Days of our Lives most beloved cast member, Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) has passed away.

According to reports, Peggy passed away in her sleep on October 7 at the age of 90 of natural causes.  Peggy’s close friend, Denise Kiel Smith broke the news on social media on Twitter relating: “To all of Peggy McCay’s dear friend and family I have some sad news…  Peggy passed peacefully in her sleep of natural causes Sunday morning at 1:00 am. She always appreciated you, her loyal fans, for all of the love and support that you gave her throughout the years. Peggy enjoyed a lifelong career of acting in television and movies. She loved working at Days of Our Lives nearly to the end. Acting and animal rescue were her passions in life. If you would like to show your support please visit the Kitty Bungalow, Peggy’s favorite charity, at Kitty Bungalow.”

One of the greats in her field; Peggy was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress  category at the Daytime Emmy Awards for her performances as Caroline Brady 4 times. However, Peggy won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for her work in the The Trials of Rosie O’Neill.

DAYS fans have missed Peggy on-screen for the last few years.  The last time she appeared on-screen was in late August of 2016.  McCay originated the role of the Brady matriarch in 1983.

Throughout the last 24 hours, fans, cast members, and co-workers of the beloved Peggy have taken to social media to share their remembrances and grief and love for this talented powerhouse performer.  We will share many of those with you in a post to come.

Share your condolences and remembrances of Peggy as Caroline on DAYS in the comment section below.

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Momo
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Momo

I watched her for many years on Days. She will be missed, as will Caroline. Hopefully they’ll do a farewell for Caroline on Days.

RIP dear lady.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

A class act and up until her final appearances, a key reason why I liked DAYS, even with all the crazy stories and plots. Miss McCay’s portrayal of Caroline Brady was genuine, authentic, real… the actor rose above some of that silliness. Daytime has been blessed with so many wonderful talents, and it saddens me to say goodbye. Miss McCay was among a generation of actors that helped develop a medium and a genre. Thank you!

Dan S
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Dan S

A huge loss for the Daytime community. She was a beautiful actress and will be missed. Condolences to all who had the pleasure of working with her. RIP Peggy McCay.

boes
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boes

What a loss, but also what a blessing it’s been to have had her as long as we did.

Peggy McKay was a wonderful actor and her Caroline Brady was iconic.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

What a remarkable career Ms. McCay had. I have very vague memories of her as Van on Love of Life (I was a very small child). I remember her very well as Iris on General Hospital. And I definitely remember her for her years in episodic television.

Thank you Ms. McCay for years of wonderful entertainment. May you rest in peace.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

She was the heart of the Brady family. I too hope they do a farewell episode for the character. She was also Vanessa on Love of Life, before Audrey Peters.

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

I do think the show will eventually address the character of Caroline dying but probably not till Spring of next year at the earliest.Plus the show may want to try to bring back former cast members like Patsy Pease(Kimberly), Alison Sweeney(Sami)and even Peter Reckell even though his character Bo died.Bo could appear as like a ghost.

Jim
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Jim

We just lost Frank Parker who played her husband Shawn Brady and I had asked about Peggy-such sad news to hear…both are and always will be sorely missed!

Rodd
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Rodd

I really had missed her on DOOL and wondered whatever happened to her, how she was doing. It sounds like she passed peacefully and that’s a blessing for anyone. I appreciated her acting and advocacy on behalf of animals so much. DOOL tapes so far in advance that I guess we won’t be seeing any mention of “Caroline’s” passing on the show until well into next year. But when they do, (and they’d better), I really hope they use a lot of flashbacks of her many antics. I also find it ironic how close Peggy passed after Frank (Shawn “Pops”… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Rodd – you’re going to make me cry

I love this woman.. perhaps because she reminds me of my mom and elders

how she carried their act… that’s so much when you are in that decade of discovering each other

She withstood the test of time; DAYS – NEEDED – HER… ABSOLUTELY

I celebrate with bubbly ; I celebrate with laughter, I celebrate in celebratory mode – no wonder, right ? – the absolute finest ..

Peggy McKay and Frank Parker

I would imagine they never took it for granted… so right

Ray
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Ray

I always loved her scenes with Peter Reckell and John Aniston. She will be missed.

Justin Hysell
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Justin Hysell

I have a autographed picture of her she sent me last year I wrote to her and she sent me one will cherish it rip ms peggy

Blake
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Blake

My reaction outloud was “oh no!”

Many of us have been asking how she’s been lately, how her health is and hoping to see her on the show again. Sadly that won’t happen again. I’m really upset about this.

I hope the show does an amazing tribute to Shawn and Caroline! Interesting that they both passed away within days of each other!

I’m glad Peggy McKay was nominated for Lead Actress Emmy in her last year on the show and was able to go to the awards!

Patrick
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Patrick

As am I… “..I’m really upset about this” NEVER getting to see her one last elegant heart beating proud of her offspring and Husband and Livelihood she bared

a mother gets this
a mother reaches out

what a catch she was… love Peggy McKay

blake
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blake

I really hope Days does a tribute episode to Caroline and Shawn

vinee
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vinee

Wasn’t she the original Vanessa on Love Of Life?

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Yes, she was the first Vanessa Dale.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I’m not familiar with the actress; wasn’t watching Days back then. I do appreciate the love she had for cats! Just followed the link here to Kitty Bungalow. Kudos to them (and Ms. McCay for her support) of this wonderful-sounding haven for cats. If I lived in CA I’d volunteer there.

MorganFarantino.630.1359.5593.
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MorganFarantino.630.1359.5593.

PEGGY, so lovely in the pix above, always was a natural-born successful actress, 1 of the best in ALL OF DAYTIME/PRIMETIME BOTH. AMAZIN’ to the end, couple years ago when i am last seeing her at the Brady PUB, and i always love seeing her realistic-motherly ways with ROMAN,KIMMIE,BO,and all the kids, KAYLA, and her son/daughter in laws on air,and also her wild, but loving (at times) SAMANTHA-JEAN(sami)i love her. I know the cast are so devastated but she has had a full life, and i know most of us would (i hope) when it is time for me to… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

This is so sad.May God be with her and her family, she will be missed.May she rest in peace.

darlene
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darlene

Such sad news. RIP Peggy.

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UPDATED: TV and film star, and Another World alum, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley) is in critical condition following a harrowing and fiery car crash in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.

“Anne is in the ICU, she’s lucky to be alive. She has severe burns and has a long recovery ahead. Her team and her family are still trying to process what led up to the crash,” a source close to the actress revealed to CNN on Saturday morning.

According to reports and video obtained by TMZ, Heche was driving at lighting speed and crashed twice in a residential area of Mar Vista.  In the initial crash, Anne, who was driving a Mini Cooper slammed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents attempted to get Anne out of the vehicle but she put her car in reverse and then sped away.  Next, she crashed into a home, which ignited a fire, and the fire engulfed the entire home.  However, Anne was severely burned in the fire and taken out by ambulance in a stretcher.

According to Los Angeles Fire Department Capt Erik Scott: “We had a significant traffic collision, we had entrapment of a woman inside that, we had car that erupted into fire, and then we had a home that had significant fire that is red tagged. It’s at this point destroyed.”

Heche is currently in a Los Angeles hospital, and had to be intubated following being severely burned.

Soaps fans know that Anne won a Daytime Emmy for her dual roles on Another World and played Vicky and Marley Hudson from 1987-2001.  She has also appeared in the films, Donnie Brasco, Six Days Seven Nights, Wag the Dog. and more.  On television, Heche has appeared in the last few years on: Dancing with the Stars, Quantico and Chicago P.D.

We will continue to monitor this developing story.

So, what do you think of the fiery crash involving Anne? Send your thoughts and prayers her way via the comment section below.  But first, watch this news report from KTLA channel 5 in Los Angeles who were on the scene of the crash.

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The shift marks the end of DAYS’ nearly 57 year-run on broadcast television. Days of our Lives debuted on NBC back on November 8th, 1965.

Look for all-new episodes daily of the series to begin on Peacock starting on September 12th, along with the show’s library already available to stream for Peacock Premium subscribers.  According to a press release from Peacock, “The historic move to Peacock creates the ultimate destination for daytime fans to access the library, new episodes and Peacock Original Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem in one place.”

In its place, NBC will fill the daytime drama’s current timeslot with NBC News Now, an hour-long news show anchored by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen and Morgan Radford. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC affiliates will also have the option to add local news to the hour.

In a statement, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus shares: “This programming shift benefits both Peacock and NBC and is reflective of our broader strategy to utilize our portfolio to maximize reach and strengthen engagement. With a large percentage of the Days of Our Lives audience already watching digitally, this move enables us to build the show’s loyal fanbase on streaming while simultaneously bolstering the network daytime offering with an urgent, live programming opportunity for partners and consumers.”

NBC’s decision means it leaves only three daytime soaps on American broadcast TV: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. 

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To watch Days of our Lives on Peacock, you will need a premium-tier paid subscription at $4.99 per month. The service offers an an ad-free experience at $9.99 per month.

We will have more on this developing story.

So, what do you think of NBC removing DAYS from its daytime line-up, while moving it to their owned-streaming platform, Peacock? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Although at present, St. John’s role has not been revealed, he will begin taping episodes of the top-rated soap opera later this month.

According to Deadline,Trevor will begin appearing on-screen in the fall.

St. John’s One Life to Live run started in 2003 through 2011, and he returned for the 2012 ABC series finale, when a very much alive Victor Lord Jr. was part of the the final cliffhanger of the network version, before it went on to its Prospect Park online reboot.

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