Tyler Christopher, well known for his Emmy-winning performance on General Hospital, has passed away. He was 50.
Maurice Benard, Christopher’s former GH co-star, confirmed the actor’s death on Instagram.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Tyler Christopher,” he said in a statement. “Tyler passed away this morning following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment.”
“Tyler was a truly talented individual who lit up the screen in every scene he performed and relished bringing joy to his loyal fans through his acting,” Benard concluded. Tyler was a kind spirit and a good friend to everyone 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 added. ”We are heartbroken over the loss of our beloved buddy and pray for his children and father.”
“I am heartbroken over the news of Tyler Christopher’s passing,” General Hospital Executive Producer Frank Valentini said in a statement. He was a wonderful man, an amazing performer, and a good friend to our GH family and admirers of Nikolas Cassadine.”
Valentini went on to say, “On behalf of everyone at General Hospital, our heartfelt sympathies go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.”
From 1996 until 2016, Christopher played Nikolas Cassadine in the iconic medical serial drama. From 2018 to 2019, he also played Stefan DiMera on Days of Our Lives, for which he received an Emmy nomination.
Christopher married former ESPN reporter Brienne Pedigo in 2008, and the couple allegedly split in 2021. Greysun James Christopher and Boheme Christopher are the former couple’s two children. He was previously married to Eva Longoria, a Desperate Housewives alum, from 2002 until 2004.
In an interview with Bloomberg in July, the actor, who has been placed under the guardianship of his sister Susan Asmo Baker since 2019, talked about reclaiming control of his life.
“I never thought in a million years that I would be taken advantage of by a family member,” he added.
Soon after the piece was published, Christopher posted an Instagram photo of himself, saying, “Sharing is part of the healing process.”
During a period of alcohol detox, Christopher was placed in the care of his sister. He fell, injured his head, and had to have life-saving surgery due to internal bleeding. Christopher’s sister applied for guardianship while he was in the hospital.
In a prior court petition, Christopher claimed that Asmo Baker diverted up to $40,000 from his guardianship funds to pay off her own credit cards and buy her son a laptop, among other things. Asmo Baker refuted the charges.
Christopher was detained for public drunkenness at the Hollywood Burbank Airport in May. He was freed on bail of $250. It wasn’t Christopher’s first public drunkenness arrest; he was booked for a similar offense in 2019 after falling asleep in the back of an Uber. He pleaded guilty, and a court dismissed law enforcement’s request that he be sentenced to an alcohol treatment program.
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