Daytime veteran John Callahan, best known for playing Edmund Grey on ALL MY CHILDREN has died at the age of 66 on March 27, of a massive stroke suffered at his Palm Desert, CA, home. Paramedics responded to a call and rushed the actor to Eisenhower Medical Center where he was put on life support. Callahan’s death was not related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “May flights of angels wing you to your rest my dear friend,” shared his ex-wife, Eva LaRue (Maria, AMC) on Instagram. “Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever.”
Callahan, who also appeared as Craig Hunt on NBC sudser SANTA BARBARA and Dr. Richard Backer on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, had one daughter with his former AMC co-star and wife LaRue, Kaya McKenna. “We are devastated,” LaRue said. “My great friend, co-parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize with any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two-steppin’ bad-ass!
“‘Johnny Numbers,’ my AMC soap stud, the great timekeeper, Beatles fanatic (I wish to God we could go back to ‘Yesterday,'” LaRue continued. “Kaya and I are beyond broken-hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best, most beautifully-written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees have just lost their biggest fan.”
Please join us in sending love to LaRue, Kayla, and all of Callahan’s friends and loved ones during this difficult time. And for more on your favorite AMC stars, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.