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Update and Statement Issued On DAYS Drake Hogestyn Injury

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Photo: DHogestynTwitter

Days of our Lives enduring star, Drake Hogestyn (John Black) was sidelined back in May with an injury that was first brought to light by the Globe.  Their report indicated that Hogestyn fell from a tree and experienced internal bleeding from his injury. Back at the beginning of July, We Love Soaps reported their sources indicated Drake was actually injured on set.

Now comes word via a statement given to Soap Opera Digest from the actor’s legal team; explaining his absence and his recovery.  They claim on May 5th, Drake was injured on the set while filming a stunt that required him to “break” through a prop door on a set that “had not been properly prepared”.  Hogestyn “ran full speed” toward the door and “smashed headfirst” into it suffering “severe head injuries”.  The actor was hospitalized and he is currently recovering at his Malibu home.

The legal team statement went on to say: “Drake, his wife Victoria, and the Hogestyn family, appreciate all the good wishes, prayers and positive thoughts from so many loyal fans, but ask that their privacy be respected at this time. Drake’s goal is to get back to the show as soon as possible.”

Send you well-wishes for a speedy recovery to Drake, one of the nicest men in the business, in the comment section below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Wishing Drake a speedy recovery…

Soapnexis
Soapnexis

Get well and come back soon.

Patrick
Patrick

“…Drake’s goal is to get back to the show as soon as possible.” ”

yet this statement is from HIS legal team

I certainly hope it doesn’t go their

I imagine Drake Hogestyn made a good life out of this show of show

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I hate when news like the globe rush to publish news without all the facts first…..anyway, it wasnt tree climbing…people shouldnt do certain things like tree climbing…look what happened to Pa Ingals on Little House on The Prairie when he climbed a tree to retreive a kite…he fell and was seriously injured…he almost lost his farm!!!-lol

davlestev1
davlestev1

OMG Ouch Cover up and lies lawsuit and cancelation. .END OF. ..

Elle
Elle

Wow, sounds like that’s probably going to be a big settlement. That was very negligent from whoever is responsible in the prop dept. Best wishes to Drake on a complete recovery.

k/kay
k/kay

I have not watched this show in over ten years but I wish this man the best yes he is a good man . Just exactly what are they doing over there?

Melissa
Melissa

Lawyer’s released the statement, so it sounds like something is brewing. Poor guy. If he sustained a concussion he could have a long road to recovery ahead of him. My thoughts are with him.

Mary
Mary

If Drake was injured on the set of DOOlL then I would guess that the lawyers are discussing liability with ABC

Celia
Celia

NBC.
I do wish him well….I hope he is not in to much pain…..but, not interested in the character. Not one iota. He has the most boring, uninteresting aura….right up there with Mr. and Mrs. Hernandez. Is anyone interested in that story??

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Hes strong, he will come back.

John Gordon
John Gordon

He survived Theresa knocking him out with a fireplace poker – he survived being tied up by his crazy father – he’ll survive this as well. He’s a fighter that’s for sure!

SZima
SZima

Um, I think you’re confusing what happened to “John Black” as opposed to Drake Hogestyn!
This was a “real” injury opposed to a “reel” injury.

kaylie15
kaylie15

This may be the final nail in Days’s coffin. It sounds like Corday tried to cover up a nasty on set injury that was the result of negligence. I applaud Drake for holding Corday & his company accountable, and I wish him the best in his recovery.

Every fan knows the show is a sinking ship, but this is a new low for them.

Patrick
Patrick

I agree with your post… w/ the exception… that DAYS , the show itself … not be affected by this

on the other hand… i’m so disgusted with Ken Corday and his Production values

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Sssssssss!

Timoteo Botwin
Timoteo Botwin

Lawyers statement & the mention that the door wasn’t properly prepared.. yup. More to come.

Kelly
Kelly

Our man Drake is a tough guy! If anyone can make a full recovery, it will be him! My thoughts and prayers are with him. xoxo

blake
blake

Prayers to Drake and his loved ones.

But yeah that’s gonna be a good settlement. I wouldn’t mind seeing Ken Corday taking a hit with a lawsuit.

Harry
Harry

What was he doing climbing trees? Playing Pokeman Go?
Let us hope he heals fast so he can back to his riveting story line in which John Black continues to investigate his ancestral past playing Ancestry.com.

“Gee, Marlena, John Wilkes Booth is my twice removed fifth cousin. Who knew?”

Maryann Richardson
Maryann Richardson

We love you Drake! I know that your strong will is going to bring you back on screen to us soon. ❤️

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

It’s good to hear Drake is recovering. I never believed the story ‘The Globe’ reported and I don’t think DAYS is covering up anything. Drake was injured on the job. DAYS, NBC and Sony has insurance. I’m sure Drake has lawyers making sure the insurance company is treating him fairly. I’m also sure said insurance company has instructed DAYS, NBC and Sony not to say anything until it’s all sorted out and settled.

The people saying it’s a coverup already have an ax to grind and are using Drake’s horrible accident to push their own agenda…SHAME ON YOU, VIPERS!

Kat
Kat

Thank you for this common sense post. I agree wholeheartedly.

Carol
Carol

I totally agree with you. The main concern should be Drake’s recovery and return to the show. Why does everything have to be turned into a negative. Drake would not be happy with all the negative comments towards the show and Ken Corday.

SZima
SZima

Oh my, a sensible post!

Barbara smith
Barbara smith

Will someone replace him?

Mary
Mary

Never!

Linda
Linda

OMG poor Drake! I’m so thankful that the truth about his set accident is finally out there. He was a victim, he did nothing wrong and was severely hurt due to neglectfulness by another person, yet GLOBE magazine tried to make it look like his negligence caused his accident. What a horrendous set accident, I can’t even imagine what Drake and his family are going through! Thank God once again his guardian angel and many other archangels surrounded him that day to protect him from sustaining even more severe injuries! I’m so thankful he is now out of the hospital and back at home recovering! This man wants to get back to work so it will happen, his full name is Donald Drake and it means “Mighty dragon” and he has proven how resilient he is in his life, after facing severe injuries before! As always, my prayers and thoughts are continuing for him and his family!

Boes
Boes

Prayers for his recovery

mark
mark

I hope he is ok!!!!!

Mo
Mo

That’s awful-if it was an on-set injury. I hope he is doing better.

Ray
Ray

No one knows the real story except the people that were on set that day. I wish the story did not change so drastic – from falling out of a tree to an onset injury. That is what makes me people speculate.

woody
woody

he is being written out of days in the not too distant future

Milaura
Milaura

I hope he is written out. All he does is make faces and “whispers’ his lines. I don’t care for his acting.

Bijou
Bijou

You’re awful to comment on the way Drake speaks, That is his Natural voice…Just be kind and wish him well, & NoIll feelings Or Comments. God Heals all who Pray. & takes (Care of ALL HEALS…)

Lois Yandt
Lois Yandt

I pray he completely recovers so he can return to the work he loves . He has always been so wonderful in both the role of Roman Brady and John Black. Days negligence needs to be addressed without a doubt, so I pray for wisdom on the part of his legal team, a fair and just settlement for Drake and family, as well as a speedy completely recovery so that he can return, continue as the character so may of us have come to love over the years. Take care DRAKE best wishes!!!

xmascarol
xmascarol

God Bless Drake and his family ,get well soon Drake.

Sharon Klein
Sharon Klein

Drake,
best wishes for a speedy recovery, I can’t wait for you to return to DOOL.

Dotty Rose
Dotty Rose

I am looking forward to seeing you back, with a well-healed head!

Ann
Ann

Have been a fan from the beginning and hope and pray that drake will be well will be glad to se back on the show. Was happy. When you came back before. God bless you

ValerieG
ValerieG

Actors get hurt on the set all the time. Calm down everyone. Get Well Drake.

Kevin
Kevin

I’ve been a huge fan of Drake Hogestyn since I was a kid. If anything, I’ve been frustrated with the way the writers have neglected him and his relationship with Marlena. Anyway, I hope he gets well, that whatever damage he incurred wasn’t as serious as it sounds, and that he returns to DOOL as the super-hero-dude that he deserves to play on screen. I’m sure Doc misses you as do your long-time fans.

Sharon
Sharon

Drake,
Get well soon. I miss seeing you on DOOL. I wish you a speedy recovery

Judy Key
Judy Key

I am a constant fan. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy and full recovery. God bless

George Bolton,jr
George Bolton,jr

drake I been a fan of yours since the 80’s so I hope you have a speedy recovery we miss you on the show.

Kevin
Kevin

I’ve been a huge fan of Drake’s since day one. He is and always will be my favorite actor. I’ve watched Days since I was little, my Mom got me hooked on it. John and Marlena are my favorite power couple.
They killed off Bo Brady I hope Drake is there for a long while. Prayers go out to Drake and his family. God bless.

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