‘General Hospital’ Star Kin Shriner Emotionally Tributes Jay Pickett After His Death: ‘We Laughed a Lot’

by Jennifer Shea

“General Hospital” star Kin Shriner is sure going to miss Jay Pickett. The late actor and producer was best known for his performances on the soap operas “General Hospital” and “Port Charles.” Shriner has also starred in both shows.

After Pickett died on Friday of an apparent heart attack, Shriner took to social media to mourn his loss.

“The sudden passing of my pal Jay Pickett Is very sad,” Pickett tweeted on Sunday. “He loved acting and Westerns, and when we got together we laughed a lot. R.I.P. Jay. @GeneralHospital #Portcharles.”

Jay Pickett Died on the Set of His New Movie

Pickett was working on his new movie, “Treasure Valley,” at the time of his death, according to Variety. He was a producer and writer on the upcoming film.

The movie’s official Facebook page publicized Pickett’s death on Sunday. It said the “General Hospital” and “Port Charles” star had been getting ready to film a scene in Idaho when he died.

“There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack,” “Treasure Valley” director Travis Mills posted to Facebook. Moreover, “everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”

Survivors include Pickett’s wife, Elena, as well as the couple’s three children.

Shriner Worked with Pickett on ‘General Hospital’ and ‘Port Charles’

Shriner, who plays Scott Baldwin on “General Hospital” and reprised the role for five years on the spinoff series “Port Charles,” worked alongside Pickett on both shows.

Pickett, for his part, launched his career  in television during the late 1980s on shows like “Rags to Riches” and “China Beach.” His breakout role was Dr. Chip Lakin on the popular soap opera “Days of Our Lives.”

Pickett ultimately landed a starring role as Frank Scanlon on “Port Charles.” From there he made his way to “General Hospital,” appearing in multiple roles on the long-running soap opera. In the meantime, he also guest starred on shows such as “Desperate Housewives” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

“As so many of us know, Jay was an incredible man. He was kind, sweet, and generous,” Mills added of Pickett on Facebook. “He was one of the best actors I ever worked with and it was an honor to collaborate with him… His closest friends have said that he was very happy making ‘Treasure Valley’ and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”