How ‘General Hospital’ Honored Former Cast Member Jay Pickett After His Tragic Death

by Matthew Memrick

Soap opera “General Hospital” honored late actor Jay Pickett recently with a silent tribute. After the final scene, the screen went to black with the words, “In Loving Memory of Jay Pickett.”

Pickett starred as Detective David Harper from 2006-08.

According to, the 60-year-old actor died from a heart attack while filming a July 30 horseback-riding scene in Idaho.

“Treasure Valley” director Travis Mills posted on Facebook about Pickett and his film. Mills said Pickett was the star, writer, producer, and film creator of the movie.

“Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive,” Mills said. “Our hearts are broken, and we grieve for his family, who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”

Also, Idaho screenwriter and producer Kristy Leigh Luss had words for the late “General Hospital” actor.

Family and friends will celebrate Pickett’s life on Friday, Aug. 20, at the Nampa Civic Center in Nampa, Idaho. In addition to the service, fans can live stream the events beginning at 4:45 p.m. EST through the Nampa Funeral Home website.

Pickett A Native Idahoan

According to his obituary, Pickett grew up in Caldwell, Idaho. He attended Treasure Valley Community College, Boise State University, and UCLA before becoming a professional actor. As an actor, he worked through four decades with roles on “Port Charles” and “General Hospital.” 

Pickett also had roles in shows like “China Beach,” “Dexter,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and “Days of Our Lives.” Next month, he stars with Peter Facinelli and Tom Skerritt in the Lionsgate direct-to-DVD western “Catch the Bullet.” 

In the movie description of “Treasure Valley,” Pickett plays Jack Braun, a cowboy who learns his daughter survived a tragic fire that changed his life. Braun goes on a quest to find her. 

Happily, fans may get to see Pickett soon in two other films. On Pickett’s page, “Shooting Star” and “Heart of The Gun” are films currently in post-production.

In a blog entry, Mills suspended “Treasure Valley” production after Pickett’s death.

‘General Hospital’ Star Will Be Missed

On the film’s Facebook page, Mills said the “General Hospital” star was “an incredible man who was “was kind, sweet, and generous.”

“He was one of the best actors I ever worked with and it was an honor to collaborate with him,” Mills said. “Everyone who met him, even for the briefest moment, could feel his warmth, his wonderful spirit.” 

Also, the director said the star’s close friends told him that he was happy making “Treasure Valley.”

Mills finished his statement with more kind words.

“He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”