‘General Hospital’ and Soap Opera Fans Pour Out Love, Sorrow After Tragic Passing of Jay Pickett

by Joe Rutland

Soap opera and “General Hospital” fans poured out loving, sorrowful tributes to actor Jay Pickett, who died on Friday at 60 years old.

Pickett died while filming “Treasure Valley,” a Western movie, in his home state of Idaho, according to an article from “The Hollywood Reporter.”

Fan reaction on Twitter has been pouring across the social media platform. Fan SandraLynn offered these words in a tweet.

Fan Cynthia L. McGuire wrote, “Oh man, he was 2 years younger than me. I’m just so sad for his loved ones. RIP Jay Pickett”.

“General Hospital” and soap opera fan Dwayne Neil posted this on Twitter after hearing of Pickett’s death.

Jacob Gardner shared a little personal interaction he had with Pickett in his post. “RIP #JayPickett I met him a few times through PR work and he was ALWAYS the nicest guy. He always had a smile on his face. Condolences to his wife, Elena & family. Sad news,” Gardner wrote.

Fan Michael simply shared these sentiments. He wrote, “Thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, co stars, #PortCharles @GeneralHospital and the fans of #JayPickett.”

From the outpouring of “General Hospital” and soap opera fans, it’s obvious that Pickett will be missed. Millions of people watched Pickett on the popular ABC soap opera, as well as his time on “Days Of Our Lives” and “Port Charles.”

‘General Hospital’ Actor’s Career Picked Up Steam Back In 1980s

Pickett started finding roles in the late 1980s, appearing in shows like “China Beach” along with star Dana Delany. Other shows Pickett appeared on also included “Mr. Belvedere” with Bob Uecker, “Jake and the Fatman,” and “Matlock” with star Andy Griffith.

But he found the role of Dr. Chip Lakin on “Days of Our Lives” from 1991-92 to be his big break in acting.

Pickett played Frank Scanlon on ABC’s “Port Charles” from 1997-2003. Then, he played Detective David Harper on “General Hospital” in 2007-08. He also made cameo appearances on “Dexter,” “The Mentalist,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Rosewood,” and “Queen Sugar.”

His death is not the first one this year associated with a “General Hospital” actor. Stuart Damon, who played Dr. Alan Quartermaine, died on June 29 at 84 years old.

ABC News correspondent George Pennacchio said Damon was battling renal failure.

Damon started his acting career back in the early 1960s. Through five decades, Damon played a lot of characters yet none reached the iconic level of Quartermaine on “General Hospital” and “Port Charles.”

Damon appeared in over 380 episodes of “General Hospital” from 1977 to 2013. Actually, Quartermaine died during the show’s 2007 season. Damon, though, continued making appearances through flashbacks and even as a ghost. His most recent appearance was back in 2013.