Tyler Christopher, who portrayed two characters on ABC’s “General Hospital,” died Tuesday at the age of 50 — the Emmy-nominated actor played both Nikolas Cassadine from 1996 to 2016, and Connor Bishop from 2004 to 2005 on the popular soap opera.
Co-star Maurice Benard announced Christopher’s death Tuesday on Instagram.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Tyler Christopher,” Benard 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. Tyler was a sweet soul and wonderful friend to all of those who knew him.”
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Touching on Christopher’s personal demons, Benard added, “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.”
The Los Angeles Times reported in May that Christopher was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication at the Hollywood Burbank Airport after police found him sleeping on the floor. The actor acknowledged in a later interview with Bloomberg Law that he had a “relapse” at the airport but was back in recovery.
“I can confirm that Tyler Christopher has passed away this morning,” Christopher’s manager, Chi Muoi Lo, said in a statement. “This news was incredibly shocking, and I am devastated by his loss. He was a very gifted actor, and more importantly, an amazing friend. My heart goes out to his friends and family who loved him so much.”
Christopher lived in San Diego and has two children with ESPN reporter Brienne Pedigo — they divorced in 2019. The actor was previously married to “Desperate Housewives” actor Eva Longoria, from 2002 until 2004.
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