Jay Pickett Dies at 60: What Western Film Was the ‘General Hospital’ Actor Working On?

by Megan Molseed

Actor Jay Pickett died suddenly while on set filming the movie, “Treasure Valley.” The sixty-year-old actor helped develop the script for the film. Pickett also played the lead role in the upcoming film.

“Treasure Valley,” which was set to be released in 2022, starred Pickett as Jack Braun. A cowboy in the Treasure Valley, Braun learns that his daughter, who he believed to be dead, may have survived the devastating fire believed to have killed her. The movie follows Jack Braun on his quest to find his daughter.

Jay Pickett Found His Way Onto the Screen Through Daytime TV

Known for his extensive soap opera work, Jay Pickett was best known for his roles on the popular soaps “General Hospital,” and “Port Charles.”

Pickett portrayed Detective David Harper from 2006-2008 on “General Hospital.” Prior to starring on “General Hospital,” the actor portrayed Frank Scanlon in the short-lived ABC soap opera, “Port Charles.”

Pickett was on location filming “Treasure Valley” when he died. According to reports, the actor died atop a horse while shooting a scene.

One of Pickett’s friends, Jim Heffel released a statement after the actor’s unexpected death.

“Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person,” said Jim Heffel. Heffel also co-produced “Treasure Valley with Pickett and Travis Mills.

“Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho,” Heffel continued. “The way of a true cowboy.”

The incident happened earlier this weekend.

“Many of you have already heard about the tragedy that happened two days ago,” Travis Mills stated Sunday morning. “Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene.”

Mills went on to note that there has yet to be an official explanation for the actor’s death. However, it appears to have been a heart attack.

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

Pickett Studied Acting In College

Jay Pickett was born in 1961. While he was born in Spokane, Washington, the actor grew up in Caldwell, Idaho. Jay Pickett knew early on in his life that he wanted to become an actor. He attended Boise State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in acting with a focus on theater. Pickett went on the earn his MFA in acting, also with a focus on theater from UCLA.

The actor is survived by his wife Pickett and his wife, Elena. The couple resided in California and have two daughters, Maegan and Michaela, and a son, Tyler.