Tyler Christopher, who starred in “General Hospital” over a period of 20 years, has died. He was 50.
Linda Rohe, Mr. Christopher’s representative, said he died Oct. 31 following a cardiac event at his San Diego apartment.
His former “General Hospital” co-star Maurice Benard wrote on Instagram that Mr. Christopher “relished bringing joy to his loyal fans through his acting.” Benard also praised his advocacy in speaking openly about his struggle with bipolar disorder, depression and alcohol.
“Tyler was a truly talented individual that lit up the screen in every scene he performed,” he said.
Four years ago, Mr. Christopher was seriously injured in a fall while withdrawing from alcohol, Bloomberg reported.
His marriage to actress Eva Longoria, which lasted from 2002 to 2004, ended in divorce. He married sports reporter Brienne Pedigo in 2008, with whom he had two children. They divorced in 2021.
Born Nov. 11, 1972, Mr. Christopher starred in the long-running soap “General Hospital” as Greek prince Nikolas Cassadine in three separate stints, 1996 to 1999, 2003 to 2011, and 2013 to 2016. The character has been portrayed by multiple actors since Mr. Christopher first played him in 1996.
From 2004 to 2005 Mr. Christopher played a different character, Connor Bishop, who plots to impersonate Cassadine.
After “General Hospital” he starred in “Days Of Our Lives” from 2017 to 2019. He also starred in the ABC Family series “The Lying Game” from 2011 to 2013, and made guest appearances in TV series including “Charmed” and “The Twilight Zone.”
He was nominated five times for a Daytime Emmy, winning in 2016 for his work on “General Hospital.”
Mr. Christopher’s manager Chi Muoi Lo said he was a “very gifted actor, and more importantly, an amazing friend.”
“This news was incredibly shocking, and I am devastated by his loss,” he said.