Social media can be a great place for soap stars to connect with their fans, but it’s also a great place for scammers to take advantage of those same fans. Following the tragic passing of daytime star Tyler Christopher (Nikolas. GENERAL HOSPITAL; Stefan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), a message was posted to his official Instagram warning fans that any fundraising being done on his behalf is “not authorized by his estate.”
“I feel compelled to respond to the growing narrative around Tyler mostly in fundraising pleas from people who had not spoken to him in almost three years,” the message said. “Tyler was an intelligent, responsible, fully independent man. In the time he lived in San Diego, he completed five film projects. He wrote two published articles and was interviewed six times. He traveled regularly to Indiana to see his children who he had college savings accounts for.
“He left a valid will with all of his wishes,” it continued. “He had life insurance specifically purchased to pay for the burial plan he had chosen. He lived in a meticulously clean apartment that he decorated. He had health and dental insurance. He had credit cards. He filed and paid his taxes on time. He had the love of a dog. He attended church and tithed regularly. He attended numerous charity events and was a mental health advocate.
“The narrative that Tyler left this world without proper planning is completely false and disrespectful,” they concluded. “Any attempts to fundraise on his behalf either for funeral expenses or his children would be against his wishes and are not authorized by his estate. Tyler deserved to pass with dignity.”