Tyler Christopher, who starred in “General Hospital,” has passed away. He was 50.
Christopher’s representative confirmed the actor’s death in a statement.
According to Christopher’s spokeswoman, Linda Rohe, he passed away on October 31 in his San Diego condominium after a heart malfunction.
A note from “General Hospital” producer Frank Valentini remembering the late talent was also posted to the show’s official Instagram account.
Christopher, born on November 11, 1972, played Greek royal Nikolas Cassadine on the long-running soap opera “General Hospital” three times. He then appeared on “Days of Our Lives” from 2017 to 2019 after leaving “General Hospital.” In addition, he played the lead role on ABC Family’s “The Lying Game” for three seasons (2011-2013) and appeared as a guest star on shows including “The Twilight Zone” and “Charmed.” He won the Daytime Emmy for his performance on “General Hospital” in 2016 after receiving five nominations.
Years ago, alcohol withdrawal caused Tyler Christopher to fall in his restroom. Christopher was no stranger to falling. This time, however, it happened at his Indiana home when he banged his head against the tub and suffered a fractured skull and brain hemorrhaging.
His life depended on emergency craniotomy surgery in November of 2019. Physicians drilled holes in his skull to alleviate pressure.
In 2020, while Christopher was still in the hospital, his sister petitioned to have him placed under guardianship.
The veteran actor said his problems started then. He said in an interview that he couldn’t imagine that a family member would use him like his sister did.
Christopher claimed in court documents that his sister misused or wrongfully got a reimbursement of $40,000. She used the money to pay off her credit card debt and purchase her son a laptop, all while Christopher was under her guardianship.
Susan Asmo Baker has spoken out in defense, calling her brother’s accusations unproven.
She claimed in court documents and a message to Bloomberg Law that she protected her brother. If she hadn’t done that, he would be dead.