Tyler Christopher, the established actor in daytime TV recognized for his extensive role on “General Hospital,” has passed away, as confirmed by his representative. He was 50 years old.
According to a statement from his representative Chi Muoi Lo, Christopher passed away on Tuesday morning.
“Lo expressed deep shock and devastation upon hearing this news. She considered him not only a highly talented actor, but also a dear friend. She extends her sympathies to his loved ones during this difficult time.”
According to KFMB-TV, the station reported that he was featured in 160 episodes of the popular NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives” from 2001 to 2019.
Christopher was highly praised for his television work and was nominated for four Daytime Emmys in the past twenty years. He received three nominations for “General Hospital” and one for “Days of Our Lives.” In 2016, he won the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series.
Maurice Benard, who worked with Christopher on “General Hospital,” announced his passing on Instagram on Tuesday. While the reason for Christopher’s death was not disclosed by his representative, Benard mentioned in the post that Christopher had died that morning after experiencing a heart issue in his San Diego residence.
“According to Benard, Tyler was an incredibly skilled person who shone on screen in every scene he acted in. He took pleasure in bringing happiness to his devoted fans through his performances. To those who knew him, Tyler was a kind-hearted individual and a fantastic friend. He advocated for improved mental health and treatment for substance abuse, and courageously shared his own battles with bipolar depression and alcohol. The news of our beloved friend’s passing has left us heartbroken, and we offer our prayers for his children and father.”
Christopher was previously wed to actress Eva Longoria for two years, and then tied the knot with journalist Brienne Pedigo a few years later. They are now proud parents of two children.
The producer of “General Hospital,” Frank Valentini, responded to Christopher’s passing in a social media post.
“He was a compassionate individual, a remarkable performer, and a close companion who was adored by our #GH community and followers of Nikolas Cassadine,” Valentini expressed. “Speaking for everyone at @GeneralHospital, we extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends during this challenging period.”