Emmy-winning soap star Tyler Christopher has died on Oct. 31 at the age of 50. His former GENERAL HOSPITAL co-star, Maurice Benard (Sonny) shared the sad news on Instagram. “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,” he continued. “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.”
Christopher joined the cast of GH as Nikolas Cassadine in April 1996 and during his time with the soap received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations, taking home Outstanding Lead Actor in 2016. After his final appearance as Nikolas in June 2016, Christopher joined the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the newly created role of Stefan DiMera. He debuted in December 2017, and last aired in March 2019, earning another Daytime Emmy nomination in 2019 for Lead Actor.
Christopher has two children with his ex-wife, Brienne Pedigo: a son, Greyson, and a daughter, Boheme. Our thoughts are with all of his friends and family during this difficult time.