Please join us in sending love to ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Jessica Morris (Jennifer) who is mourning the death of her beloved father, Don. In an emotional Instagram post made on Feb. 25, Morris shared a gallery of photos of her father and their family, revealing that he had died of suicide.
“I’m heartbroken to say that my dad decided to take his own life,” Morris wrote in her poignant post. “But I know that he had been struggling for a long time and I just pray that his soul has finally found peace.”
The photos Morris shared of Don included one of him during his time in the military, several images of a young Jessica with her dad, and a more recent family photo that included the family’s next generation.
“I want to remember and honor the best parts of who he was: an honest, hard-working veteran who loved animals and his family, even if he didn’t know how to show it sometimes,” Morris continued. “I hope he knows how truly loved he was.”
The comments section of Morris’ post was flooded with condolences from fans and friends alike, like her good friend and former OLTL co-star Melissa Archer (Natalie), who wrote, “Love you so much.” Former TV brother Jason-Shane Scott (Will) also sent his condolences, writing, “Aw, I’m so sorry, Jess.”
Of course, Morris’ fiancé, Rib Hillis (Jake, PORT CHARLES), also showed his support for his bride-to-be as she grieved. “All the love for you, my queen.”
OLTL fans will remember Morris from her four-year stint in Llanview from 2001-2005. (She returned for a dream sequence in 2008.) Since leaving daytime, the actress has steadily worked in film, penning screenplays and starring in thrillers like The Wrong Fiancé, Danger in the Spotlight, Twisted Little Lies (which she co-wrote with Archer), and Bodyguard Seduction.
Our thoughts are with Morris and her family during this difficult time.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or know someone who is, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255). You can also reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.