Two-time Emmy Award winning American actor Tyler Christopher has died following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment on Tuesday evening.
Christopher was known for his roles on ‘General Hospital’ and ‘Days of Our Lives’, which earned him a total of five Daytime Emmy nominations which he won twice over the course of his career.
The 50-year-old’s former GH co-star Maurice Benard confirmed the actor’s death on Instagram.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Tyler Christopher,” he wrote.
“Tyler was a truly talented individual who lit up the screen in every scene he performed and relished bringing joy to his loyal fans through his acting. Tyler was a sweet soul and wonderful friend to all of those who knew him.”
Benard also noted that Tyler was an advocate for better mental health and substance use treatment who openly spoke about his struggles with bipolar depression and alcohol.
General Hospital Executive Producer Frank Valentini told PEOPLE in a statement: “I am heartbroken over the news of Tyler Christopher’s passing. He was kind, an incredible actor, and a dear friend, who was beloved by our GH family and fans of Nikolas Cassadine.”
Christopher portrayed Nikolas Cassadine on the legendary medical soap opera from 1996 to 2016.
He also played Stefan DiMera on Days of Our Lives from 2018 to 2019, winning his second Daytime Emmy (and the fifth of his five career nominations) for the performance.
In 2008, Christopher married former ESPN reporter Brienne Pedigo and reportedly divorced in 2021.
The former couple have two children Greysun James Christopher and Boheme Christopher.
He was also previously married to Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria from 2002 to 2004.