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General Hospital Releases "Mike’s Story" Promo Bringing More Awareness To Alzheimer’s Disease

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This week, General Hospital has released an extended promo featuring the tale of Mike Corbin, and his battle with Alzheimer’s, and how his journey affects his son, Sonny Corinthos.

The arc of the story which features two powerhouse performance by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) has already illustrated the toll someone afflicted with this disease faces as their memories start to fade, and how a family tries to deal with it one step at a time.

So many of us have lost loved ones due this most horrific disease, as I have last week with my own mother’s passing after Alzheimer’s stripped her of everything she knew and loved.

Watch the GH promo for Mike’s story after the jump. Then let us know, what you think of the storyline between Mike and Sonny in the comment section below.

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First of all, I am sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my heart and prayers.

The Alzheimer’s storyline has been nothing short of phenomenal. It has been real, raw, and heartbreaking. The chemistry between Maurice Benard and Max Gail is so natural and believable and their portrayal of a father and son (and the entire Corinthos family) fighting such a terrible, horrific disease is riveting. Their acting is on fire and kudos to GH for putting this storyline on the front burner and for telling it in such a way that we, the viewer, not only feels their pain but also allows us to connect, bond, and empathize with the characters. Our hearts are breaking for both characters as they fight something that it totally beyond their control and understanding, especially since, in this case, there really is no happy ending. As I imagine that it is probably extremely difficult to walk way from the set every day without it affecting you, blessings and hugs go to both Maurice and Max…and all who are involved in this storyline. And thank you, GH, for making us more aware of not only the disease itself but how it truly affects the family and friends of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s.

This is such a powerful storyline that tho so difficult to watch is so important for awreness by all. The Alzheimer’s/Dementia disease is heartbreaking to watch vibrancy of light turn to dimness yet more research needs to be done. My prayers Michael on your loss and know she now has all of her memories of you back. This affects so many who have had to stay silent but thanks to #GH hopefully more eyes are opened.

Well, Maurice and Max should just submit this promo for next years Emmy awards. Powerful stuff!

I =- SWEAR – to You, and you and YOU.

Sonny and Carly , are having a meltdown. AND it’s hysterically FUN’ny. I want this. they are so bad. the acting , for even these two relics… is done.

R _ E_ S _ T. Give – us – ALL – a – break.

cash in your chips
backburner
show maturity
take one for the team

you are not who you once were. caricature, tired, and just so over you two.

it’s either you two , who are calling the shots… or it’s Frank Valentini as he cooks the books. make a decision to save this show. I MISS THE REST OF THE CAST.

this is a repost.. I posted it on a Y&R thread… GH fans need to read

ALL POINTS BULLETIN

Why I Want Sonny and Carly to Go Away for a While
Friday April 20

By Dustin Cushman
IE: @ Soaps.com

“…This week Soaps.com is taking another break from our normal Deconstructing GH column, which will return next week, to discuss an unpopular opinion. In this case my opinion isn’t unpopular depending on which half of General Hospital’s audience you ask. I believe that as soon as their current storylines wrap up, it’s time for Sonny and Carly to be back-burnered for a bit. I’m not suggesting they be written off, but instead given a break while the show concentrates on other storylines. ”

B – E – A – U – T – I – F – U – L

what I and other posts have LONG WISHED FOR. and it’s in writing and from a critic or what have you.

why couldn’t Laura Wright and Maurice Benard just willingly ASK Frank Valentini to WRITE for other cast members…

IF LW and MB THINK for even a second they are being made bigger and better STARS… JESUS .. then this show is truly TANKED.

THE DULLARD : Sonny / Carly ; Jason / Sam ; Michael / Nelle ; Finn ; Peter ; Franco.
WASTING this show… the overkill is rankling and losing … any thing @GH
FRANK VALENTINI must be fired

YESTERDAY SHOW – proved what a mess Carly and Sonny have become.

1st and foremost… Sonny the he man… NEEDS proof. what could have been an affecting hour… was marred by this doa couple ranting and raving about not being crazy, needing proof, taking it out on each other… and nothing believable translates at all on screen. these two need a long break.

THEE – one – time Sonny truly thinks he’s acting… when he gives Ava this menacing piercing , “penetrating” eye to eye… when Ava is “begging” that Avery and Mike not be in the same household.

Sonny is so bad at this. he shows not once ounce of care … for Mike. that’s the most glaring I’ve seen yet. any emotional beat is missed on both Sonny and Carly.

so Carly lives in fear.. and Sonny doesn’t believe her. what can you say… Frank Valentini prized character to help him drive show… has embarrassed even herself

one can hope… that GH seriously take a step back and realize

Carly N Sonny have – nothing – to do with HOW WELL this alzheimers story is “playing” out. EVERY credit is going… to Max Gail.

What has happened to Maurice Benard acting? he’s not hitting his target.. he relies so heavily on his scene partners… it’s obvious… CAN WE QUIT with the hug two pat slam ??? !!!! OK hit the masculine button and call it a scene stealer… OK let’s not get any further – no words needed

look at how he leers @Ava… over Avery. we get it. enough of the machismo stance.

I mean really..

what is it with the GH writers – not nit picking… it’s disjointed

WHY was it necessary for Julian to share with Ava.. that perhaps it was her past is reason enough for Avery gone missing ? JUlian should have been at the PCPD from the time avery went missing… DANG it he’s hot with Kim. AND okey dokey .. they hit up Griffin for a ceremonial prayer. gee thanks for reminding us of just how righteous Grff is

Franco –

1. the story should have ended with the scene showing Liz with her head on his lap and scene fades with Drew looking on. BAM.. let the healing begin.

NO GH has to drag this out. I would get a gun out and shoot Betsy ! I wanted her to have a heart attack… what’s the point now of giving her any relevancy. is Franco truly 100% MARKED NOW ? or will it all fall in to place.. as every denizen just steps aside and the man saunters swags and ???? what will he do ? quietly work .. finally with patients ? OR GIVE LIZ A LIFE ? befriend Drew .. RELAX NOW WRITERS… orverkill… course… Franco should be a goner… he’s certainly for upwards of 5 years… REELING ( DOA ) dead on arrival. whoopee… Franco is redeemable….. group hug for Frank Valentini.

why would Liz bring up … about that list of other children… that something should be done about all those names. dragging Franco on and on… doing the same thing… !!!! it’s over Franco… i’m tired of caring. i’m sick of Liz seeking approval for you. befriend Drew… I don’t see the two couples truly hanging out.. UNLESS GH writers stop dumbing down.. and he gets with Kim… and these two brothers and their lovely leading ladies… SPOTLIGHT. Franco and Liz… Drew and Kim.

DAG … it was so HOT as Kim walked away.. and the camera panned on Drew.. as he committed to spending more time , per kim… as a family… and he looked sexy as all get out. THIS IS REEL. you do not deserve an emmy this year Billy Miller… you just don’t. if you hang with Kim… and Liz. it’s yours.

it’s just odd how GH is piecing this show together…

another thing… when the world stopped… and this is huge. the waiting and anxiety of what happened to Mike and Avery. it was so beautifully played OUT… stunning … what GH writer cropped in as soon as Dante started questioning… Max instantly goes mindless.. and says he’s with Courtney…. ???? CAN WE HAVE some lucidity to enjoy Max Gail acting ??? just to stretch out how talented he is.

at the police station… Sonny and Carly DID NOT .. act all that concerned… they both immediately went to Avery. sure sonny hugged it out… with two back slap. whew .. there they go… good for you ? ALL the emoting Sonny has done

end of story… for Sonny AND Carly… as she loony tunes it out. BE GONE that quick. just end this Frank VAlentini

let me put out their again: just seeing the word, hearing the word, like Mike did

scares the bejeezus out of any one. scared… that word has a life of it’s own

and it’s a one man show.

when you “hang” heavy story material… on Sonny and Carly. you get a convoluted mess. PEOPLE : these are “mobsters” with no empathy or REAL feelings. they don’t know how to act any other way. OK going on 3 years Morgan is dead. so what’s the point. Sonny isn’t doing a damned thing notable. period

there should be nuance, subtlety, abject horror revulsion… even between Sonny and Carly.. who truly have not shared a thing between them…. you can’t backtrack now.

as the article states… the show can’t spend every waking hour of the fantastical Max Gail. slow down his spiral so we can “dance” more . ??? it’s too bad the show went in this direction.

can you imagine Frank , Shelley, Jean, Chris… working the world over.. with their take on :

alzheimers
Child molestation

two huge subject matter that was left in the incapable hands of themselves and Sonny , Carly, and Franco. You had the whole cast to share this with.

when it’s time for Max Gail Mike to move and ascend to the heavens…
when it’s time for Franco to move and ??? I don’t care… do something…

the rest of the cast is not needed for this material. it’ll be more of the same , as was with Morgan… “grieving” . OK. I’m glad this heavy material is stuck on these characters that Frank Valentini has so lauded.

Patrick, with all due respect, I think Maurice Benard could find a cure for cancer, and rescue a dozen orphans from a burning building, and you’d find something to criticize him for. And I say that jokingly, because we all know you don’t like him. That’s fine, that’s your opinion.

But you’re missing the boat on this one. Maurice is getting universal praise for his acting in this storyline. Even from people that would rather walk over broken glass bare foot than ever give him credit for anything. And he’s doing it as a supporting player to Max Gail’s Tour de force acting master class performance. Not one word of praise or positivity?

I read that article, too, Patrick and completely agree. I need a temporary break from Sonny; would prefer a permanent one from Carly. Each time she prances around with AVA’s daughter (not HERS!) drives me crazy! Want to rip that smug smile right off her face! Can you IMAGINE if anyone tried to raise her kids? Sonny and Carly are two-for-two now. Stripped AJ of Michael and trying to do the same with Ava.

But, really, if I had to choose between the two I’d rather Carly take a vacation, preferably a hike. As in take a hike! (okay, couldn’t resist that!)

I know, rebecca1, I sympathize. Yesterday, when Sonny told Carly she’s the one with a problem, I didn’t disagree. It may not be the SAME problem, but who cares. Drew gives her a ride home out of kindness, yet she shows ZERO gratitude, just like when he “dethawed” her daughter. So selfish!

What a horrible rambling post! You have absolutely no idea what a diagnosis of Alzheimers does to all the family members involved. Not just to the individual who has been given the diagnosis. Maurice Bernard, Laura Wright and Max Gail are each giving a master class in acting on a daily basis. And Frank Valentini is showing the world what Alzheimers does to the lives of all involved.

Dealt with memory loss and its a good story…unfortunately its still more about Sonny than anything else!!!

and when Mike goes to court too bad they couldnt get Hal Linden to play the judge!!!

This is the kind of story daytime drama needs to tell and can tell so well. This is when the serials shine. And hopefully, this family struggle may have an impact for Sonny’s family, and maybe for this show which has really told some out-of-the-world tales that strain credulity and and patience.

This story has me paying attention to GH again!

Michael, I am sitting here bawling as I type this. I am so sorry. Truly I am. I feel horrible for complaining about not being able to get on the site-all the while you are going through this devastating loss. I am sorry. I clicked on the link to go to your facebook page and read. Thanks for sharing. Much love to you, Michael.

One of the most powerful and well-acted storylines that I have seen on GH. Hope that they find a way to slow down the diseases progression so that Max Gail can be part of the program for a long time!

Michael, I tweete the link to the 60 minutes Alzheimer’s piece to you last night-having no idea what you have and are going through. If that was offensive in any way. please know that was not my intent at all. I was bullied as well, turned to the soaps and stayed home from school often. Only my mom encouraged and enjoyed my being bullied. She didn’t care for sissies and felt it would toughen me up. It didn’t. The times I really needed her in my life, she turned away. I remember going to her house-she had finally married a doctor-her goal in life, I guess. In my twenties and having a lot of problems and turning to her for help. She took me out on the back porch and told me that I was “too gay” and offensive to her new husband and must leave immediately. How I wish I had a hero mom like you did. Would have made such a difference in my life as I know your mom did in yours. I was not a good son, either. I regret I did not try harder. When she was in hospice, I drove all night to see her for the first time in years and she was rather cold and unloving. I left after a very short time.
Saying a little prayer for you, sending love. Thanks, Michael.

Phyllis! Was it naive of me to not realize you were a man? Wow; this site is full of surprises! So sorry for your personal history. I hope things are better for you now and that you’ve found an accepting love. You’re such an engaging personality and obviously one of compassion.

Catch you on the next post! 🙂

I was a fan of Ron Hale and loved Sonny and Brenda (Luke’s Club, Ned and Lois,
L & B Records, and the 90’s era) from way back when. But, I have to give kudos to Max Gail! Max is doing an amazing job with this storyline-it’s deep, and touches your heart and soul. The writers have done a great job with this storyline and I like how
a lot of actor’s are being utilized. The only downfall is that it now involves the mob element and whatever happened in that field over 30 years ago. All I have to say is, don’t know, don’t care.
Other topics: Sick to death of Peter August. Again, don’t know, don’t care. Send the insipid, annoying Lulu off to visit Laura. & I preferred Sam being off-screen in Switzerland.

DITTO, DITTO, and DITTO!!

Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending many prayers your way.

Sorry Michael to hear about your beloved mother , my heart brakes for you. This storyline has been so sad yet powerful and effective in telling what families go through when a love one has Alzheimer’s. Every time I see Maurice as sonny he makes me feel the pain sonny is going through that’s how effective this storyline has been. It’s sometime hard to watch especially how each family members mourns. Dante got me the other day, I just felt so sad for him. My praise to all the actors in this storyline especially max gail, he’s definitely Emmy worthy for next year Emmy.

Our dearest, Michael, I am sorry for your loss. I know your precious mama was proud of her talented son, as you were of her. She was your hero when you needed one. You, no doubt, were hers when she most needed a champion. Thank you for sharing her with us. May memories of happy times and her love sustain and comfort you through your sorrow.

I have to say GH’s take on Alzheimers is so much more different than Dina on Y&R. This story presentation is so much more real. I never realized Max Gail was so good an actor. He really has made an impression and an impact as Mike. He flows so well as he runs in and out of this disease. It never seems fake and his sincerity with each actor he encounters is striking. GH has some mountains to climb as far as stories go BUT this one is well worth it.

They’ve done a great job with the story (much better than Y&R, which has made a mockery of Dina’s Alzheimer’s), but this promo was all kinds of cheesy. It seemed like a 90’s Lifetime movie of the week promo.

Max Gail is knocking it out of the ballpark playing a man struggling to hold onto his memories, his identity, his faculties and his masculinity. Maurice is doing his finest work in a long time playing a man watching his father fade away. It’s really difficult for an actor to intently listen to another actor in a scene. Even though it’s the other actor delivering the lines, you still have to react realistically–harder than one thinks. When MB pulls back and just reacts to his father, he’s powerful.
My main objection is Sonny trying to make this all about him and his life as a mobster. Why bring that into this at all? Sonny is interesting enough just reacting to this tragedy, keep the mobster subplot out of Mike’s Alzheimer’s story–it’s not needed!

Dear Mr Fairman, I am so sorry about your mother’s passing. I didn’t read your blog very carefully and missed that all important sentence. I feel like an insensitive clod for not mentioning your own real loss in my comment above.
I am devastated for you, so sorry. I know you take solace in the fact that her spirit immediately absorbed her life’s experiences, the love she gave and the love she received, and took it with her to the other side.
Today is Shakespeare’s birthday. It is also Vladimir Nabokov’s birthday. Shakespeare closes Sonnet 18 with this couplet,”So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee.” Shakespeare is talking about memory, how memory translates one’s mortal presence into one of immortality. As long as you remember your mother and more importantly, speak of her, write of her, she lives on into eternal lines of time. And Nabokov writes,”Memory, memory, what do you want of me?” The memory that comforts is also the memory which torments but memory is essential to the building blocks of our existence and it’s what keeps us alive in our loved one’s minds after we’ve passed.
Again, so sorry for your loss.

Sweet, kind words, Harry. Much appreciated.

Max is pure gold in the role. I hope they keep him around for awhile.

Ok Mr. Fairman very sorry for your loss I am indeed going thru this with a older sister she got early Alzheimer’s which doubles down , GH nobody in their bloody mind would arrest a Alzheimer’s person first of all Sonny has enough money for 24/7 care and yes that is what it takes just like the Abbott’s on Y&R you can not leave them out of your sight one second my sis is in memory care 24/7 she cries every time I see her think God she had the funds to take care of her and I still organize every visit it is hell on earth , They need help with bathing teeth brushing fixing up then the not being able to control their bowels etc steps in all sense of dignity is stripped they are like a baby again my husband walked in last week and my sister was picking up imaginary things off the floor . In other words if you indeed want to tell the story tell it and slap the shit out of Ava and that stupid worthless Jordan no police commissioner would allow this bullshit

k/kay I am sorry about your sister, but honestly appreciate your pointing out the rather grim truths. I had always been under the ignorant impression that Alzheimer’s was just memory loss. Far from it-just as you so clearly related. Devastating to the patient and loved ones. God Bless you.

I’m sorry about your mother, Michael. Prayers for comfort and healing for you and your loved ones.

As ok as this is, it makes me so mad that this good storyline could have and should have been Genie’s storyline with Denise Alexander!

Let it go! Embrace the beauty of the actors performance, the story and its message!

Kudos to GH for this powerful story.

My sincere condolences to you Mr. Fairman. So many families have been affected by this horrible disease, mine included. Mr. Benard and Mr. Gail have been simply outstanding in their performances. They have consistently hit it out of the park and brought a realism to this story that we can all identify with. It’s important to shine a spotlight on stories like this. It’s not easy to watch at times, especially when you’ve seen it happen in your own life. But it needs to be brought out into the light so we can all see and understand how difficult this disease is on families and the toll it takes. What better medium then a soap to do so? And certainly no better actors then Mr. Bernard and Mr. Gail. Their scenes are riveting. Bravo to all those involved bringing this story to our screens.

“… It’s not easy to watch at times, especially when you’ve seen it happen in your own life. But it needs to be brought out into the light so we can all see and understand how difficult this disease is on families and the toll it takes ”

beautiful. I especially like the part

“… it needs to be brought out in to the LIGHT ”

no matter how horrific debilitating and the affect on family. your mind grapples with helplessness. this is one subject matter you can’t quantify .

I don’t know what it is… one’s will and backbone… suck it up and – move –

Mr. Michael Fairman; My Friend . reach out. sing

I’ve wanted to share this for awhile now… I salute you Ms. K/kay

I was raised by my grandparents…. my grandma died when I was 15 … part of me went with her. she was my world

my grandpa … TEARS… along with alzheimers .. was alcoholic and in a wheel chair… I was perhaps about 24. went home for 3 years… and went thru this with him. I took care of him… what I could. do… and take care of my younger brother whom my grandparents also took in. these were my grandparents, my nonna and grandpa… my parents … my life line… who took care of us. oy! the one thing that will always stick with me… is my dear man… always looked out for us.. even in his mind… he was always calling out for us… where’s Patrick… where’s Wayne.

alas, we were able to put him in a home… it didn’t take long for him to pass on. oy. I read a lot that .. any family if they can want to keep him @home… I truly think it was better… because he passed that much faster ? who knows . I love my Nonna and Grandpa

@K/kay I shared a long while back… i’d share a glass of wine with you.
@Michael Fairman… godspeed and eye to eye salute… with ^

I shared how I watched Mike and Liz in the church, on her wedding night, as he’s telling her whats going on.. and sharing with Liz how he’s going to forget her. watched that about 3-4 times. cried

If I were of the age as Max and playing the Alzheimer role I would freak myself out that it may actually come upon me.
Max, his performance, makes it real he is doing a suburb job..

Michael, my deepest condolences and sympathies on the loss of your mom. I witnessed first hand what Alzheimer’s did to my grandmother, and I’m currently witnessing an uncle go through the same exact battle. So I sympathize and totally recognize what you went through with your mother. It robs them of everything that made them who and what they were in life. My thoughts and best wishes to you and your family.

Hopefully some day instead of money being wasted by selfish, arrogant elected officials, science and medical research will once again be properly funded in this country, where a cure or at least some positive break through on this awful, awful disease can be found in our lifetime!

Michael, I am so sorry for you loss. My father died of complications from Alzheimers 6 years ago and the horror of the disease is still with me.

That said, I think Max Gail is doing a great job. His scenes with Chad, Dom & Becky have been truly effective and touching.

It is obvious this was created to win MB an Emmy–LW admitted it on Twitter. And, sorry, he’s not as good as PB on Y&R. Too much of the story is all about Sonny.

The most true scene in my experience was Dina & Tracy on Y&R. It was heartbreaking. And rang SO TRUE to me.

And it’s also obvious this is part of the zillionth breakup of Sonny & Carly.

My thoughts are with you Michael. I went through it with my grand mother and it is a horrible disease. It has such horrific effects on all in the family.

The acting is great… it’s just not fun to watch. Hoping this story line wraps up soon.

Take care Michael!

My deepest condolences to you, Michael Fairman. Must have been particularly difficult to watch this story as you dealt with it in real life with your beloved mom. I know after personal tragedy that I stayed away from medical stories; entertainment is a wonderful escape when in the midst of despair. I, too, read your more detailed post and your wonderful recollection of your mom. Those memories, as you know, will stay with you the rest of your life.

Best…

Gratifying to read the kind words and condolences expressed for Mr. Fairman here. I know I have often taken this site for granted, and complained aloud at times. I really want to express my appreciation to Michael Fairman for all he does-for all of us-day in, day out-even while dealing with his own personal challenges, grief, and loss. I can’t imagine myself being able to carry on so professionally-at all.
To my knowledge, soap journalists don’t receive any industry awards or parties or honors-as they tirelessly cover and support the genre we all love-and love to hate and berate.
With Daytime Emmys just a few days away, I can imagine how busy he is, and appreciate it is no picnic standing in the hot sun waiting to interview our beloved stars.
Thanks Michael, for all you do, everyday-bringing us news and updates and allowing us to communicate with each other in your forum. Very much appreciate all your hard work, your kindess to us-over and over again-and your unfailing support of the genre.
God Bless you. Thank you.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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David Gail, Former ‘Port Charles’ Star, Cause of Death Determined; Mother Speaks Out on Dangers of Pharmaceutical Addiction and Fentanyl Epidemic

David Gail, who played Dr. Joe Scanlon on Port Charles (1999-2000), and who also appeared on Beverly Hills 90210, cause of death has been revealed. The actor passed away on January 16th at the age of 58.

According to the toxicology report, Gail died of anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, which is a brain injury caused by a a lack of blood flow, following resuscitation from cardio pulmonary arrest due to the drug intoxication. The report also revealed that drug intoxication with amphetamines, cocaine, ethanol and fentanyl, were also involved.

Gail’s mother, Mary Painter, spoke to Deadline on the findings and opened up to what led to David’s ultimate passing. Gail was found unresponsive by emergency personnel who attempted to save his life. Eventually, he was put on life support where he remained for several days till his death.

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In her statement, Painter shared, “It breaks my heart to learn that my son died this way. David became reliant on medicine many years ago, after multiple surgeries on his hands and wrists. He lived in enough pain to prevent him from working for almost a decade, with relief only achieved through full disability, physical therapy and pain medicine.”

She then added, “He struggled to stop taking pharmaceuticals and did before turning toward a more Eastern pain management including acupuncture and natural medicines. I can only assume that his former opioid dependence played a part in self-medicating from uncontrolled sources.”

David’s mother expressed a very important social message for our time about addiction that she hopes other parents remain aware of: “David’s death shines a light on the countless innocent victims of pharmaceutical addiction and the fentanyl epidemic that has taken so many of our sons and daughters. Please keep David and others battling pain or dependence, in your thoughts and prayers.”

Gail’s other TV credits included parts on: Savannah, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Perfect Opposites.

What do you think about the poignant statement offered up by the late David Gail’s mother, Mary Painter? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Spinelli Serenades Maxie Then They Kiss! Are you in Favor of a ‘Spixie’ Reunion?

Spixie fans finally got their wish, sort of, on Thursday’s February 22nd episode of ABC’s General Hospital.

While Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) have been each others orbit and married to other people, have had children, and been each other’s best friends, it’s apparent that they belong together, or do they?

In story, Spinelli took to the stage on Karaoke night when he, Maxie, Cody (Josh Kelly) and Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) went out together.  When Spinelli sang, it featured a touching solo performance by Bradford Anderson, where Spinelli wears his heart on his sleeve for Maxie.

Maxie is all smiles watching Spinelli sing, and afterwards he walks towards her. The two talk about his living situation and how he would do anything for her. Maxie says she always knows she can count on him. She admits she loves listening to him sing to her, and she loves having him around. Spinelli says he considers her more than a friend. The two eventually share a kiss, but Maxie runs away.

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The pick-up of the story happens on next week’s Tuesday, February 27th episode when in teasers, Maxie and Spinelli get closer.

Looking at the history of Spixie: they first got together from 2008-2010 when they were engaged. Then, in 2013 the duo had a one night stand. Next, they dated again in 2015, and flash-forward to 2024, and it looks like Maxie and Spinelli might be willing to try their romantic relationship one more time.

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So, do you hope Spixie gets back together, or do you want Maxie and Spinelli with some other characters on the Port Charles canvas? Let us know. But first, check out the scene where Spinelli sings to Maxie below.

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