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Tyler Christopher Dead at 50: ‘General Hospital’ Star’s Ex-Fiance Speaks Out

Tyler Christopher Dead at 50: ‘General Hospital’ Star’s Ex-Fiance Speaks Out

Vanessa Marcil is remembering her ex-fiancee, Tyler Christopher, following the news that the General Hospital star passed away at 50

The actress shared several memories of her relationship with the late star on Instagram on Oct. 31. Marcil, who also starred in the soap opera as Brenda Barrett, began dating Christopher in 1997. The couple separated in 1999 but remained friends. 

“Ugh, another loss! Waaaay too young,” she wrote on a snapshot of her and Christopher at a party in the late ’90s. 

Another slightly newer photo of the two hugging for the camera reads, “Rest in power, bubs.” And a candid snapshot of the pair during a black tie event says, “Tyler Christopher Baker, rest in power, my love.”

Tyler Christopher Found Dead in His Home on Oct. 31

Tyler Christopher passed away on Halloween morning. His friend and former General Hospital co-star, Maurice Benard, broke the news in an Instagram post that same day. 

“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Tyler Christopher,” he wrote. “Tyler passed away this morning following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment. Tyler was a truly talented individual that lit up the screen in every scene he performed and relished bringing joy to his loyal fans through his acting. Tyler was a sweet soul and wonderful friend to all of those 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. We are beyond devastated by the loss of our dear friend and pray for his children and his father.”

Soap Opera Star Earned an Emmy For His Role in ‘General Hospital’

Tyler Christopher starred as Nikolas Cassadine in General Hospital from 1996 through 2016. During that time, he won one Daytime Emmy award and four more nominations for his portrayal in the series. Christopher also played Stefan DiMera on Days of Our Lives from 2001 until 2019. Aside from his time on daytime television, Christopher appeared in 38 movies and TV series, such as JAGCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationBeyond the Lights, and The Lying Game

As Benard noted, Christopher Tyler was open about his mental health and addiction issues. As a way of honoring his efforts to help others who suffer from similar issues, Marcil posted a final story that showed her ex-fiancee’s profile with a note reading “If you need help, call 988-2417, you are not alone.”