The soap opera world continues to mourn the loss of three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller. Floods of tributes have come out from fans, friends, and colleagues in the land of social media since word of his passing was released on Sunday, September 17. Miller’s mom, Patricia Miller, took the opportunity to issue a heartbreaking statement via her son’s manager, Marnie, recently.
She notes that in light of Billy’s passing, she wanted to share some thoughts. She goes on to say, “I want to personally thank the many fans and friends for the overwhelming amount of love, prayers, and condolences sent to me and my family on the devastating death of my beautiful son BJ – Billy Miller.
He fought a long, hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years. He did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, friends, and fans, but in the end, the disease won the fight, and he surrendered his life.
The other causes of death being told are not true. I wish they were, but they aren’t. We all loved him so much and are desperately trying to deal with our loss. I will have nothing further to say. Thanks for the love and support.”
The 43-year-old actor began his career in daytime drama when he entered the role of Richie Novak, on All My Children (AMC). About a year later in 2008, he moved to Young and the Restless (Y&R), playing the iconic character of Billy Abbott.
Billy Miller’s next soap stop was Genoa City in 2014 when he jumped into another legendary role, Jason Morgan on General Hospital (GH), which later evolved into the Drew Cain character (Jason’s twin brother).
As Billy Miller’s fans, loved ones, and former co-stars from Young & Restless, General Hospital and All My Children struggle to process the news of his death at just 43 years of age, the actor’s mother has come forward with a message delivered through his manager, Marnie Sparer, who shared the missive on her behalf on social media.
Patricia Miller began by expressing her gratitude: “I want to personally thank the many fans and personal friends for the overwhelming amount of love, prayers, and condolences sent to me and my family on the devastating death of my beautiful son BJ — Billy Miller.”
Although she shouldn’t have had to deal with speculation at such a tremendously difficult time, the bereaved mother addressed her son’s cause of death given rumors that began to circulate online in the hours and days following his passing.
“He fought a long, hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years,” she wrote. “He did everything he could to control the disease.” Heartbreakingly, she went on to say, “He loved his family, his friends, and his fans, but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life.”
Miller further stated, “The other causes of death being told are not true. I wish they were but they just aren’t.”
Patricia Miller has asked me to share the following on her behalf. pic.twitter.com/90ze1MZHGy
— Marnie Sparer (@TalktoMarn) September 18, 2023
The message ended with a glimpse into the pain the family is dealing with right now, as she concluded, “We all loved him so much and are trying desperately to deal with our loss. I will have nothing further to say. Thanks for the love and support.”
Miller had primetime parts in various shows like The Truth Be Told, CSI, and Suits.
On behalf of everyone here at CDL, we wish Billy Miller’s family, loved ones, and fans our deepest condolences. Visit CDL regularly for more daily soap opera news and updates.