(RepublicanDaily.org) – Tyler Christopher, the actor known for his iconic roles on daytime soap operas “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives,” has died.
The cause of the death for the actor, who was only 50 years old, was determined to be from a “cardiac event.” Chi Muoi Lo, Christopher’s manager, confirmed the news. Maurice Benard, one of the actor’s co-stars, said that Christopher was found dead in his apartment in San Diego.
Christopher won a Daytime Emmy award for his portrayal of Nikolas Cassadine on “General Hospital”, a role he played for two decades – from 1996 to 2016. Christopher followed the role with a two-season stint on “Days of Our Lives,” portraying the character Stefan DiMera. He also made appearances on various TV shows and movies.
The actor was known as a mental health advocate, who openly shared his struggles with bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse by writing about them in Reader’s Digest. Christopher had regular sessions with psychiatrist and a therapist, and also took medications to help manage his mental health conditions. In interviews, Christopher admitted to first consuming alcohol at the age of nine, and said that he has flatlined three times due to his addiction.
Bernard described Christopher as a “truly talented individual” who brought joy and light to fans for “every scene he performed.” A “sweet soul and wonderful friend,” Bernard said that Christopher’s loss was “beyond devastating” as he extended prayers for Christopher’s children and father.
Christopher was married to ESPN reporter Brienne Pedigo from 2008 until their divorce in 2019. The union produced two children, Greysun and Boheme. Prior to that, he was married to actress Eva Longoria, of “Desperate Housewives” fame, from 2002 to 2004.
In May, the actor admitted that he suffered a “relapse” of his alcoholism after news broke that he was arrested by police for suspicion of public intoxication. Officers made the arrest after he was found sleeping on the floor of Hollywood Burbank Airport.
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