Tyler Christopher, known for his roles in “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives,” died Tuesday morning at the age of 50. He is said to have died of a heart attack in his San Diego apartment.
“This news was incredibly shocking and I am devastated by his loss. He was a very talented actor, and more importantly, a great friend. My heart goes out to his friends and family who loved him so much,” read the statement from Christopher’s representative Chi Muoi Lo.
Christopher’s “General Hospital” co-star Maurice Bernard also shared a tribute to the actor on Tuesday, writing: “Tyler was a truly talented individual who lit up the screen in every scene he played and enjoyed bringing joy to his faithful fans through his acting. Tyler was a sweet soul and a wonderful friend to all who knew him.”
Christopher was best known for his role as the popular character Nikolas Cassadine on the long-running soap opera “General Hospital.” He played the role of Cassadine at various times between 1996 and 2016 and earned a Daytime Emmy for his performance. He eventually left the series in 2017. Between 2018 and 2019 he played the role of Stefan DiMera in the NBC soap “Days of Our Lives”, a role for which he also received a Daytime Emmy nomination.
The last years have been more difficult for the actor. After a serious fall, he underwent a craniotomy, an operation in which a piece of the skull is temporarily removed. He was subsequently placed under the guardianship of his sister until 2021. In May of this year, he was arrested at Hollywood-Burbank Airport on suspicion of public intoxication.
In 2008, Christopher married ESPN reporter Brienne Pedigo, with whom he had two children. According to People the couple ended their marriage in 2021. He was previously married to actress Eva Longoria from 2002 to 2004.