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GH Stars Look Back on the Anniversary of Stone’s Death

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On Nov. 29, 1995, GENERAL HOSPITAL aired the unforgettable episode where Stone passed away from AIDS. And actors Kimberly McCullough (Robin) and Michael Sutton (Stone) will also never forget creating that heartbreaking moment that will forever live on in the hearts of fans.

“What I remember is not pressure,” McCullough recalled during a special video interview with Michael Fairman. “I remember like, this bubble of love. I remember [director] Francesca James holding my hand. I remember Michael being really zen that day. I remember everyone on the set just losing it, every single scene. All you could hear was [crying] every time we would cut.

“It just felt like this circle of love and this culmination of all of this hard work that we had done up until that point,” she continued. “And just feeling relieved, almost, that it was gonna be over. And then just really trying to be present and enjoy the last moments of this story.”

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Robin and Stone’s love story reached its tragic end.ABC

Having portrayed the powerful storyline of Stone being diagnosed with HIV and then developing full-blown AIDS, Sutton recalled being absolutely exhausted when it came to taping that episode. “Every day was an emotional, gut-wrenching, just reaching down to the base of our core,” he confided. “Because we were so in character. I mean, talk about method acting We were living our roles. And because of that, we just reached this plateau of love and enlightenment. And we were just sort of there in a moment that we knew it was bigger than us.”

It was also the very nature of GH being a daytime soap that lent this particular episode so much power and emotion. “It was a moment,” McCullough allowed, “but I think the reason why it made it so special was because we had already spent a year experiencing this with these characters. So it wasn’t just an episode of television, it was the end of a long road.”

“It was special,” Sutton declared. “It’s gonna remain special.”

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