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Is Luke Really Dead on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Genie Francis Speaks Out!


Fans are having a hard time believing that Luke is really dead on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and so are some of the actors on the soap! “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident,” Genie Francis (Laura) told ABC7 reporter George Pennacchio while on set shooting the special episode featuring Luke’s memorial. “George, no one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Introduced back in 1978 for what was meant to be a short run, the character of Luke Spencer became a fan-favorite and actor Anthony Geary portrayed him for decades. When the actor decided to retire in 2015, GH wrote the character out, having him move to Europe where he was later joined by Tracy. But in January 2022, Tracy returned to Port Charles to report the shocking news that Luke had died in a cable car crash in Austria.

However, many fans are convinced there’s something else going on here. And Finola Hughes (Anna) agrees. “I really want there to be some kind of mystery as to how this happened,” she confided, “what happened to Luke, and if we can investigate that, all of us, that would be perfect.” Tristan Rogers (Robert) also expressed his disbelief that the iconic character had really met his maker. “And has it actually happened?” he interjected. “I mean, frankly, we have a little urn that’s about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

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Hughes wants Anna to join everyone else in discovering the truth about what really happened to Luke!Howard Wise/

Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie) hopes that the “accident” and the memorial service are just planting the seeds of an upcoming storyline. “I did have a line at one point, ‘Oh we have to find out what’s going on,’” she mused. “Whether or not they’ll write that? See, someone you get these little red herrings, so you never really know.”

Even Francis remains skeptical that this is the end of the run for Laura’s ex. “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback,” she confessed, “and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

So don’t miss Luke’s memorial and keep watching GH to find out how this mystery unfolds and what’s really going on. Geary retired to live in Amsterdam, so a return to Port Charles as Luke is unlikely, but in soaps, nothing’s impossible!

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