General Hospital (GH) spoilers reveal that Tyler Christopher’s (ex-Nikolas Cassadine) former co-stars have been speaking out following the news of his sudden passing. This tragedy comes on the heels of Jacklyn Zeman’s (Bobbie Spencer) demise earlier this year along with the recent loss of Billy Miller (ex-Drew Cain).
Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) was the first to address Tyler Christopher’s sad fate in an Instagram post, which mentioned that Christopher was gone after a cardiac event in his own home.
Benard had some lovely things to say about Christopher as an actor, a mental health advocate and an all-around wonderful person.
“We are beyond devastated by the loss of our dear friend and pray for his children and his father,” Benard said as he concluded his post.
Nicolas Bechtel (ex-Spencer Cassadine) also posted a sweet tribute message to his former TV dad and offered his condolences to Christopher’s grieving loved ones on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
“Our chemistry was unmatched. Working with you for so many years was a pleasure and a blessing. Some may argue we were the greatest Father/Son duo on Daytime, and I agree,” Bechtel said. “My heart is with Greysun, Bo, and all of the people who love you. Rest in Eternal Peace.
Sean Kanan currently plays Deacon Sharpe on The Bold and the Beautiful, but many fans will remember him from his days of playing AJ Quartermaine on GH as well.
I am heartbroken over the news of Tyler Christopher’s passing. He was kind, an incredible actor and a dear friend, who was beloved by our #GH family and fans of Nikolas Cassadine. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/c3kGVKmhrh
— Frank Valentini (@valentinifrank) October 31, 2023- Advertisement -
Kanan was clearly shocked over the grim updates and decided to post his own special farewell message.
“Stunned to hear that Tyler Christopher passed away. I have no words. RIP my friend,” Kanan said.
Former General Hospital star William deVry (Julian Jerome) also took a moment to reflect on all the losses this year, including Christopher’s abrupt passing.
“These last 12 months at #GH have been incredibly painful for many,” deVry said. “RIP #TylerChristopher Gone way too soon. Had plenty more to write.”
Jon Lindstrom (Kevin Collins), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), Kathleen Gati (Liesl Obrecht) and more shared some meaningful words as they reflected on this devastating outcome.
I am once again devastated by yet another loss of a wonderful colleague and beautiful human being. Deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of #TylerChristopher @GeneralHospital #GH #Godspeed 💔 https://t.co/dKgALUyb9G
— Kathleen Gati (@gatitweets) October 31, 2023- Advertisement -
GH co-star Maurice Benard reveals “cardiac event”
Christopher’s General Hospital co-star Maurice Benard paid tribute to his “wonderful friend” on Instagram and revealed the Illinois native had suffered a “cardiac event” which had led to his death. He also touched upon Christopher’s “struggles with bipolar depression and alcohol”, as well as him being “an advocate for better mental health and substance use treatment”.
Christopher’s Daytime Emmy for Cassadine portrayal
The actor appeared in over 1,100 episodes of General Hospital between 1996 and 2016, in addition to 160 episodes of Days of Our Lives. In 2016, he won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Cassadine.
Christopher was married to Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria from 2002 to 2004 and later wed Brienne Pedigo, an auto racing reporter. The couple shared two children from their marriage, which ended in divorce in 2021.
Tributes to Tyler Christopher
— Rob Wilson (@MrRobertScott) November 1, 2023
Stunned to hear that Tyler Christopher passed away. I have no words. RIP my friend.
— Sean Kanan (@seankanan) October 31, 2023