John Reilly, a veteran soap opera actor best known for his work at the General Hospital, has died at the age of 84.
The actor’s death was confirmed by his daughter, actress and TikTok personality Caitlin Riley, with a heartfelt Instagram message shared with a photo of the late star holding her as a baby.
“John Henry Matthew Reilly, also known as Jack. The brightest light in the world has gone out,” she began. “Imagine the best man in the world. Now imagine that this man is your father. I’m so grateful he was mine. I’m so grateful I love him. I’m so grateful I did it in time to keep him and say goodbye. “
She concluded, “I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know he’ll be with me. I love you forever, Dad.”
Shortly afterwards, the official Twitter page for the General Hospital shared a message praising the late actor.
“The whole family of the hospital is heartbroken when they hear about the death of John Reilly. Our thoughts and prayers are addressed to his loved ones. Rest in peace,” the tweet said.
ED BRUCE, “MOMS DON’T LET YOUR BABIES GROW TO BE COWBOY SINGERS, DEAD AT 81
According to Variety, Riley was born in Chicago in 1936. He started in the show business in the 1960s with small roles in television shows such as “Days of Death Valley,” “Apple’s Road” and “Gunsmoke.” He shot more television greatness in 1974 when he replaced John Colenbach as Dr. Dan Stewart in How the World Turns. After leaving the role in 1976, he appeared on the big screen in films such as “The Main Event” and “Gorp”.
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In the early 1980s, he stormed the soap opera scene with a recurring role in Dallas. However, his biggest business break came when he was cast as Sean Donnelly in General Hospital in 1984. He remained on the show for a decade before taking on a role in Beverly Hills, 90210 as the father of Kelly Taylor. He also played Alistair Crane in NBC’s “Passions” soap in 2005. However, he never gave up his role in General Hospital, repressing his character as Donely in 2008 and again in 2013.
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The outlet reports that he survived by his wife Liz and three daughters.