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 November 1, 2023

Soap opera star Tyler Christopher dies suddenly from "cardiac event"

Soap opera star Tyler Christopher, 50, died suddenly from a "cardiac event" Tuesday, Fox News reported. The actor starred in "General Hospital" and earned a Daytime Emmy for his role on "Days of Our Lives." 

Christopher's death was confirmed by the actor's representative Chi Lo. "I can confirm that Tyler Christopher has passed away this morning," the representative said in a statement.

"This news was incredibly shocking, and I am devastated by his loss. He was a very gifted actor, and more importantly, an amazing friend. My heart goes out to his friends and family who loved him so much."

Maurice Benard, Christopher's co-star on "General Hospital," shared the news on Instagram and revealed the cause of death. "It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Tyler Christopher," Bernard wrote in a post that included a photo of Christopher.

"Tyler passed away this morning following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment," Benard's caption said. "Tyler was a truly talented individual that lit up the screen in every scene he performed and relished bringing joy to his loyal fans through his acting," he added.

"Tyler was a sweet soul and wonderful friend to all of those who knew him. Tyler was an advocate for better mental health and substance use treatment who openly spoke about his struggles with bipolar depression and alcohol," Benard went on.

The actor had previously shared struggles, including that he was bipolar and had begun drinking at nine years old, which led to a life of alcoholism. "We are beyond devastated by the loss of our dear friend and pray for his children and his father," Benard concluded.

Benard's wife Paula Smith told Fox that she and her husband are "devastated" by Christopher's passing. "And believed in him always," Smith added.

The show's Instagram post also memorialized the actor who appeared on the daytime series playing the role of Nikolas Cassadine from 1996 to 2016. "I am heartbroken over the news of Tyler Christopher’s passing," the account shared from producer Frank Valentini.

"He was kind, an incredible actor, and a dear friend who was beloved by our GH family and fans of Nikolas Cassadine. On behalf of everyone at General Hospital, our heartfelt sympathies go out to his loved ones during this difficult time," Valentini added.

Christopher leaves behind children Greysun James Christopher and Boheme Christopher, whom he shared with ex-wife Brienne Pedigo, a former reporter for ESPN, People reported. The couple were married in 2008 but divorced in 2021 following Christopher's struggles with alcoholism.

In 2019, the actor was placed under the guardianship of his sister, Susan Asmo Baker, after a medical crisis. Christopher was in the throes of alcohol withdrawal and suffered a fall that left him injured and hospitalized.

However, Christopher claimed it was then that Baker misappropriated $40,000, using his money to buy her son a laptop and paying off her own credit card debts. "I never thought in a million years that I would be taken advantage of by a family member," he said.

Christopher was taken from this world too soon, like so many others in recent memory. The star will be missed by his adoring fans.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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