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GH and DAYS Co-Stars Pay Tribute and Mourn the Loss of Tyler Christopher

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The soap opera world is in mourning following the the news on Tuesday of the passing of Tyler Christopher (ex-Nikolas, GH and ex-Stefan, DAYS) at the age of 50-years-old.  According to Tyler’s longtime co-star and friend, GH’s Maurice Benard (Sonny), Tyler died in his apartment in San Diego, California.  No further details on his death have been made available at this time.

Since the news of Christopher’s passing, many of the actor’s General Hospital and Days of our Lives co-stars have taken to social media to express their grief and pay tribute to their former colleague. Tyler played the role of the dark prince of the Cassadine clan on GH from 1996-2016. His final daytime soap stop was that of Days of our Lives, where he originated the role of Stefan DiMera from 2017-2019. Currently, that role is played by Brandon Barash.

Below, are just some of the touching remembrances for Tyler. We will continue to update this post as more tributes to pour in across social media.

Sarah Brown (ex-Carly, ex-Claudia, GH) “I’m gutted. Tyler Christopher was a joy to work with. His smile & sense of humor lit up the stage. I enjoyed every minute of our time together. You never what someone else is silently coping with. R.I.P. old friend My condolences to his family & many fans around the world.”

Steve Burton (ex-Jason, GH, Harris, DAYS):  “This hits hard. Really hard. Sometimes I use the word ‘brother; loosely. But when I called Tyler my brother, I meant it ..there’s a group of us…that have done and still would do anything for each other. That’s a brother. We lost one. A beautiful and talented soul at that. It hurts. Thank you for the memories brother Ty. Love you. See you in Heaven. ”

Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt, GH) “I was lucky enough to get partnered up with some wonderful leading men on General Hospital , Tyler was one of them. I learned so much about working on a Soap during that time together. He was a great scene partner and was always kind to me. I remember feeling anxiously excited to get to work with such a legend on the show. Before getting on GH, I would sometimes watch the show and my favorite couple was Nikolas and Emily, so you can imagine how excited I was when we got paired up. Tyler was so talented and made you feel something when you watched him. My heart breaks for his family and the loss they are dealing with. You will always be remembered Tyler. Rest in peace.”

Sean Kanan (ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “Stunned to hear that Tyler Christopher passed away. I have no words. RIP my friend.”

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Ted King (ex-Alcazar, GH): “This hurts. Please rest in peace Tyler. Your talents will not be forgotten!”

Kin Shriner (Scott, GH): “RIP Tyler so sad he was a huge talent and I had the pleasure of working with him a few months ago as well as the fun times General Hospital”

Nicolas Bechtel (ex-Spencer, GH) “Our chemistry was unmatched. Working with you for so many years was a pleasure and a blessing. Some may argue we were the greatest Father/Son duo on Daytime, and I agree. My heart is with Greysun, Bo, and all of the people who love you. Rest In Eternal Peace.”

Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer, GH) “Tyler we never had the opportunity to work with one another but in the process of working on GH I’ve watched tons of tape on you. You were one hell of an actor and it pains me to know that you’re gone. Thank you for the meaningful contributions you made to our medium. Rest easy.”

Stephen Martines (ex-Nikolas, GH): “Tyler Christoper and I were always cordial and although our versions of Nikolas Cassadine may have been different, we loved the character the same. This is such a sad loss for General Hospital and the fans. My heart goes out to everyone. Love, light and prayers.”

Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GH)  “Oh man. Tyler Christopher.  Flight of Angels. #RIP”

Kathleen Gati (Liesl, GH):  “I am once again devastated by yet another loss of a wonderful colleague and beautiful human being. Deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of Tyler Christopher”

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Kate Mansi: (ex-Abigail, Days, Kristina, GH): Just heard the news about Tyler. He was a force. Someone just sent me a story when we first aired together and I was quoted as saying, “Tyler and I really hit the ground running. He was electric.” I remember feeling exactly that. I’m proud of him and the way he spoke up about mental difference and was vocal about his struggles finding peace and balance in hopes of helping others. Sending my love to his family and kids.”

Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny GH, Stefan, DAYS): “Rest in strength and peace, friend.”

Ron Carlivati (ex-head writer, GH and current head writer, DAYS): “A super talented actor and a super sweet guy. #RIP Tyler Christopher.”

Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GH): “Ugh another loss, waaayyy too young. RIP Tyler Christopher.”

Laura Wright (Carly, GH): “Thank you for the memories Tyler- rest easy my friend ❤️🙏🏻💔”

Adam Huss (Nikolas, GH) “This is so tragic and heartbreakingly sad. My heart goes out to his entire family and friends who loved him. Brilliant actor who inspired me (and continues to ) in many many ways.”

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH) “Life can sometimes prove hardest for the sweetest & tenderest souls. I hope Greyson & Boheme can 1 day find these posts online to see how truly cherished their dad was.”

Rebecca Budig (ex-Hayden, GH): “Gut punched. Sweet Tyler. I only worked with him briefly but his kindness left it’s mark. We had many talks about his kids whom he loved so dearly. Praying for them and his family. May he rest in peace.”

Mary Beth Evans (ex-Katherine, GH, Kayla, DAYS):  “Tyler. I am heartbroken.  I first met Tyler Christopher when he was in his 20s and joined General Hospital. He was always the sweetest guy … kind and thoughtful. And what an actor! Years later, I was so honored to share our Emmy night! And when he came to Days of Our Lives, I was so excited because he was so good and I knew the show would love him. My heart aches for Tyler’s beautiful children, family and loved ones. I know he fought the good fight and hope that he can now rest in peace.💔”

What do you think about the sentiments shared by many of Tyler’s co-stars? Share your remembrances and thoughts via the comment section below.

 

 

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I think there is a tendency to think soap actors are just a pretty face but he was such a good actor so talented I just loved him.

Years ago I read it in her book Jeanne cooper on Y&R had a drinking problem Bill Bell helped her sent her to rehab etc saved her life and I wish other producers had that courage it’s nice to say flowery things but bell put his money where his mouth was saved JC and we got to enjoy a character for many years! Courage is all it takes

Yes they should’ve stepped up and helped Tyler.

Who says:

A) they didn’t
B) why is it their responsibility to do that for him?

Yes i agree. Someone should have gelped both tyler and billy i was surprised ti hear that bell did it 4 jeannue cooper someone shld have done it 4 both of these Spectular actors as well. I loved both these actors and am feeling their loss though i am just a fan rest easy guys.

Sweet tributes but the hard question to ask is this– when Tyler was struggling and homeless did any of his former GH or Days costars help him? Why was he homeless? It looks like Maurice did but how about anyone else? Why was he homeless? He needed help.

How do you know that people didn’t try and help him? We have no idea what really went on and the personal details of his life, as far as who might have tried to help him. It’s easy to pass judgment from afar without knowing all the facts. People with addiction issues can only be helped if they want to accept the help. That also must be considered. The bottom line is we don’t know all the facts. So making comments like this person should have helped him, or that person should have helped him, really aren’t appropriate.

Its very appropriate. You see all these tributes but then hear Tyler in his interview with Maurice talk about being homeless. It didn’t sound like in that interview he received much help. As Bill Bell helped Jeanne Cooper when she had a problem with alcohol, why didn’t these people help Tyler instead of firing him?

We don’t know all the circumstances in either Tyler’s nor Jeanne’s cases. So, no judgements should be cast on any part.

We are also talking about two distinct (but semi-related issues. Alcoholism and mental illness. Both of which impact individuals in very different ways.

Yes, cast and crew can (and should) still help, but remember there’s still a business to be run. If someone’s repeated actions keep causing disruptions in the workplace, steps have to be taken to ensure a safe and functioning environment for all employees.

Again, we don’t know all the details. What we do know is an incredibly talented man is gone. And that is quite sad.

Once again, you have no idea who helped Tyler and who didn’t. Don’t make assumptions and pass judgment on things that you don’t have the full facts about. It’s wonderful that Jeanne Cooper received help and decided to go public with it in her book. That doesn’t mean that people didn’t try to help Tyler. It’s tragic what happened to Tyler and I understand that you’re looking for someone to blame, but making assumptions and trying to somehow blame ABC, Frank Valentini, whoever you’re trying to blame here, is really distasteful and offensive.

Did Bill Bell help Jeanne Cooper stop playing grab ass with her male costars? It’s a fact she grabbed their d*cks, too.

If you watch his State of Mind interview with Maurice Benard at about 53 minutes in, he talks about being homeless –that he got on a train from OH to CA –someone had told him that he could stay with them and when he got to CA that person said no that he could not come there. He said he had nowhere to go, that alot of his friends had left him and he had no one to call. He said he walked and walked and ended up on skid row where he said he lived for 2 weeks. Right there in interview Tyler says this. Here is someone who had been in daytime since about 1997 approxmately and he had no one to call? I just don’t understand that–so sad. Why did he feel he had no one to call? He did go on to say later in interview that he only had his laptop with him and he had enough battery to make one text and he texted a friend and that friend came, helped him, put him up in hotel, etc. and Tyler said this person saved his life. Tyler never reveals who this was in the interview

I applaud Adam Huss & Stephen Martines for standing up and acknowledging Tyler Christopher’s impact on the role of Nikolas as they followed in his footsteps. Takes a standup person to do that, and they both impressed upon me the importance the role of Nikolas is to them, as well as Christopher’s legacy in the role.

Indeed, and the caring comment from Nicholas Chavez – who as Spencer – never shared scenes with Tyler sticks out as well.

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Elizabeth MacRae, ‘General Hospital’s’ Meg Baldwin, Passes Away at 88

Veteran actress, Elizabeth MacRae best-known as the third Meg Baldwin on General Hospital and as Gomer Pyle’s girlfriend, Lou-An Ann Poovie, in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C has died at the age of 88. MacRae passed away in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she grew up.

On General Hospital, Elizabeth played Meg Baldwin who had a young son, Scott (Kin Shriner) from a previous relationship and who married Lee Baldwin (Peter Hansen). The role was originated by Patricia Breslin from 1965-1969. Breslin was temporarily replaced by Jan Shepherd for three weeks in the summer of 1967. MacRae took over the part from Breslin full time from 1969-70 and again from 1972-73.

In story, the character of Meg suffered a nervous breakdown and Lee had her committed to an institution. In 1971, Meg was released and came home, but suffered from severe hypertension. In 1973, Dr Lesley Webber was assigned to her case. Meg became jealous of Lesley and began to think that she was trying to get to have sex with Lee. During an argument with Lee, Meg died of a stroke and soon after Lee adopted Scott.

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MacRae also appeared on other notable soaps, having roles on Another WorldDays of Our LivesGuiding Light, and Search for Tomorrow.  Elizabeth’s career spanned over two and half decades having also appeared in classic TV shows and countless movies such as: Route 66Surfside 6RendezvousThe FugitiveJudd for the DefenseGunsmokeBonanzaI Dream of Jeannie, and The Andy Griffith Show.

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She is survived by five stepchildren, Terry Halsey, Peter Halsey, Hugh Halsey, Cate Halsey, and Alex Halsey Topper.

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LAPD Continue to Seek Johnny Wactor’s Killers Who Remain At Large; Asks Public for Tips and Leads

The Los Angeles police department is ramping up its search for to the whereabouts of the three thieves, who got away after one fatally shot former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 26th in downtown Los Angeles.

Law enforcement sources told the LA Times that police are trying to pull fingerprints from Wactor’s vehicle and are looking for video from the area. They also are checking to see whether there are any connections to other nearby catalytic converter thefts.

The thieves were attempting to steal the catalytic converter from Wactor’s car at the time of his death. Sadly, the LAPD investigators shared they have seen an uptick in violence when these types of thieves are confronted.

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Catalytic converters contain precious metals in which thieves can make hundreds of dollars selling them to auto parts suppliers or scrap yards, where they can be melted down and the valuable metals extracted.

In addition, on Tuesday May 28th, the LAPD shared more on the incident that took Wactor’s life, stating, “Without provocation, the victim was shot by one of the individuals. The three suspects involved were wearing all dark clothing and driving a dark-colored sedan. The suspects fled northbound on Hope Street. Central Bureau Homicide is investigating this case and is requesting the public’s help.”

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If you have tip: y0u are urged to call LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide, at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

In addition, Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Wactor played General Hospital’s Brando Corbin from 2020 to 2022. According to the LA Times, “Wactor recently had been exploring opportunities in screenwriting while working as a bartender.”

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Nicholas Chavez Speaks Out on the Death of Friend and Former GH Castmate Johnny Wactor: “I’m Beside Myself with Sadness”

It has been another rough go for the General Hospital family following the news surrounding the shooting that killed beloved former cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) over the weekend.

Since that time, there has been an outpouring of grief, shock and sadness, and remembrances for the actor who died at 37-years-old.  Many of Johnny’s castmates have spoken out about the loss and shared heartbreaking tributes.

Now, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer Cassadine) who is soon-to-be-seen in Ryan Murphy’s limited series on Netflix, Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story, has also shared his sentiments. With heartfelt words, along with a photo of himself and Johnny, and another former GH co-star, Marcus Coloma (ex-Nikolas), Chavez explained the difficulty he is having processing Johnny’s death and the unbreakable bond they shared.

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Nick began, “Johnny — I’m beside myself with sadness. The last time I saw you, we ran into each other by accident in Los Angeles. When we recognized each other your face lit up and you ran essentially across the room to give me a big and tight hug. You were a strong and kind person”

He went on to say, these heartfelt words to Johnny, “You were a phenomenal friend and you always made me feel welcomed and loved. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been a part of your life and I’m praying for you and your family. I will miss you very much.”

Johnny Wactor run on GH lasted from 2020-2022, while Nicholas Chavez appeared from 2021 till early in 2024.

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