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General Hospital, As the World Turns & Passions Star, John Reilly, Passes Away At 84

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Very sad news to report.  John Reilly, beloved by GH fans as Sean Donely, has died at the age of 84.

The news came via Reilly’s daughter, Tik Tok star Caitlin Reilly who posted on her Instagram a photo of herself with her dad expressing: “John Henry Matthew Reilly AKA Jack. The brightest light in the world has gone out. Imagine the best person in the world. Now imagine that person being your dad. I’m so grateful he was mine. I’m so grateful I got to love him. I’m so grateful I made it in time to hold him and say goodbye. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know he’ll be with me. I love you forever Daddy.”

No word as to the cause of death at this moment.  Soap fans first got their glimpse of Reilly on As the World Turns as Dr. Dan Stewart. But in February of 1984, he made his GH debut as Scorpio’s former WSB boss, Sean Donely.  He was eventually paired with Sharon Wyatt’s B-movie star actress, Tiffany Hill.

Later, not only did Reilly appear on NBC’s Sunset Beach, but as Alistair Crane on Passions.  Throughout his enduring career he also appeared in roles on: How the West Was Won, Quincy M.E. Dallas, Beverly Hills 90210 and on the digital drama seris, The Bay and General Hospital: Night Shift.

He is survived by his wife Liz and his three daughters.

Below, in honor of John, is one of the all-time classic Sean and Tiffany moments when they say their wedding vows and we learn Tiffany’s real name is …”Elsie Mae Krumholtz”.

Share your remembrances and condolences for John via the comment section.

 

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aria
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aria

Oh how sad, may he rest in peace, love the character, wish his character daughter would come in and represent the Donely. again really sad with his passing, I heard he was a great gentlemen. RIP Mr. Reilly.

Barbara Jacobs
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Barbara Jacobs

What an incredible man both as a real person but as we mostly know him as a great actor who I saw in most of the soaps he was on and jumped when I saw him on nighttime tv. Beautiful write up and 84 today (not Covid) is like 70 still very young. RIP you fabulous man. A great daddy well loved.

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My condolences to the family of John Reilly. I loved Sean Donely. I was a devoted watcher in the 80s with Sean, Tiffany, Robert, Anna, Frisco, and Felicia. Those were the good ole days of GH.

Rebecca
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Rebecca

I’m heartsick! He was one of my favorites! Loved Sean and Tiffany and Sean and Robert and Sean and Anna’s chemistry. Great memories! He will be missed!

Mark
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Mark

He was so handsome and part of GH when it was the best show on TV.

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Llanviewer717

I am so very sorry to hear this news. I loved him on General Hospital and remember his many appearances in episodic television. May he rest in peace.

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Sorry to hear of John’s passing. MF thank you for including the film clip of Sean and Tiffany’s wedding. It shows why John and his screen pals were why so many of us feel he was part of the best days of GH.

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elizabeth alcorn

my sympathy

Timmm
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Timmm

Him and Scorpio were the best! Oh, the 1980’s! Rest John.

Carrie
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Carrie

Just 2 weeks ago, Mr. Reilly sent me down a nostalgia path. I had turned on the TV and his very young face instantly appeared on the screen (a Gunsmoke episode). I looked up his imdb page that day and saw a large portfolio of work. Then I googled the famous Sean and Tiffany gh wedding scene for laughs. Two weeks later and I’m learning about his death. My prayers are with his family. He seemed like he was such a gentleman.

rose
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rose

Carrie…really nice comment. Very personal.

Chaz
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Chaz

Remember him so well. That was back in the days when GH was THE show to watch. Sad to hear of his passing.

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Although CBS would offer no official word or comment after the story on her coming to the series ran in the Daily Mail, Natalie would join: Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila on the panel.

This comes after Morales exited NBC News this morning after 22 years for an “unspecified new opportunity”.  However, she will continue to appear on Dateline’s 30th season throughout the rest of year.

The longtime Today Show anchor told staffers she was moving on expressing in a note: “To my Dateline and Today show families, it’s very hard to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it’s never goodbye but see you later. I’m eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead.  I have so much to be thankful for and for every one of you who helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos.”

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Michael Tylo, well-remembered for his roles on daytime soap operas, has died at the age of 73.  Tylo, was most-loved in his role as Quinton Chamberlain, in the Quint and Nola (Lisa Brown) romance on Guiding Light, as well for his time on The Bold and the Beautiful (Ex-Sherman), All My Children (Ex-Matt), The Young and the Restless (Ex-Rick/Blade), Another World (Ex-Lord Peter Belton), and General Hospital (Ex-Charlie).

Tylo’s death was announced by Nancy Uscher, Dean of College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where Michael was a film professor.  Michael died on Tuesday at Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, following an illness.

In a statement on the UNLV website, Uscher said of her colleague: “Michael Tylo was a beautiful and caring human being — he was so special.  He was an exemplary friend, colleague, teacher, and artist. He had such a distinguished and rich career, but he was humble about his accomplishments. He loved his family dearly and lived a joyous life, but he left us way too soon. We will miss him greatly, but feel deep gratitude about all that Michael contributed to the College of Fine Arts, UNLV, and the world.”

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As soap fans know, Michael was previously married to Hunter Tylo (Taylor, B&B) and they shared three children together: Izabelle and Katya, and tragically, their late son, Mickey, who drowned back in 2007.

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Michael is also survived by his wife Rachelle, and their daughter, Kollette.

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There has been no word yet on the actual cause of death of Michael’s death, while information about services for Michael are said to be forthcoming.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this story.

Watch Michael with Lisa Brown in the wedding of Quint and Nola on Guiding Light below.

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While, Jade is now also in this season’s Dancing with the Stars, now comes word that Loughlin has gotten her first acting gig since all the legal trouble, and while still on probation following her two months in jail.

Look for Lori to reprise her beloved role of Abigail from When Calls the Heart on its season two spin-off on GAC Family, When Hope Calls.

According to Deadline: Loughlin will appear in the two-part Season 2 premiere titled When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas, to air on Saturday, December, 18th.  Lori was last seen on TV as Abigail in Season 6 of Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart before she was let go over her involvement in the college admissions scandal.

Last week, speculation began that Loughlin may be back working after a report surfaced from Mercury News  that she had been granted permission by a Boston federal judge to travel to Canada for about a week in late September-early October for “a filming production project.”

So, what do you think about Lori’s return to acting following serving jail time? Will you be watching her as Abigail on When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas? Comment below.

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