Heartbreaking news Monday morning and to start the week. Beloved Ryan’s Hope soap veteran, John Gabriel (Ex-Dr. Seneca Beaulac) has died.
His daughter, actress Andrea Gabriel (Lost) shared the news of his passing via her Instagram account.
In her statement, Andrea shared: “It is with an unspeakably heavy heart that I share the news of my father’s passing. John Gabriel was my hero, my role model, and my champion, but above all, my daddy… I will love you forever.”
Gabriel’s run on Ryan’s Hope was in two parts. He started with the ABC daytime drama series in 1975 and stayed till 1985. He then returned from 1988 to 1989. Seneca’s love story with Jillian Coleridge (the late Nancy Addison Altman) was often front and center on the series.
As soap fans know, John was married to another former soap star, Sandy Gabriel (Ex-Edna Thornton, All My Children and Ex-Christine Venet Ryan’s Hope), and is also survived by his other daughter Melissa and their two grandsons.
Throughout his daytime soap career, Gabriel received one Daytime Emmy nomination back in 1980. He also appeared in roles on General Hospital, Loving, The Bold and the Beautiful, Generations and Days of our Lives.
In primetime he was known for his roles on Gilligan’s Island, Mary Tyler Moore Show. John was also an accomplished singer performing on many variety and talk show through the years.
In 1995, Gabriel produced the late Charles Grodin’s talk show Charles Grodin for CNBC.
No official cause of death for Gabriel was revealed, and no memorial plans as of this moment.
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