‘General Hospital’ star Jay Pickett dies ‘suddenly’ on movie set at 60

Jay Pickett
Photo credit (Getty Images)

Jay Pickett, a soap opera star known for his role in “General Hospital,” has died at the age of 60.

Listen to your favorite music now on Audacy

The actor, also known for his roles on “Days of Our Lives” and “Port Charles,” passed away on July 30 while working on a set for his film “Treasure Valley.”

“Many of you have already heard about the tragedy that happened two days ago. 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,” director and producer Travis Mills wrote in a post on the film’s official Facebook page.

“There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack,” he added. “Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”

Jim Heffel, an actor on the set, shared a post that explained that the actor “died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho.”

“Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens,” Heffel wrote. “Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also coproducer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind.”

The director of “Treasure Valley” continued to say how Pickett was an “incredible man.”

“He 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. Everyone who met him, even for the briefest moment, could feel his warmth, his wonderful spirit. It is difficult to find the words right now to say more. His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was,” he added. “He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”

According to Deadline, Pickett started his soap opera career in 1991, where he starred as Dr. Chip Lakin on “Days of Our Lives.” He then took the role as Frank Scanlon on “Port Charles” for over 700 episodes between 1997-2003 and also appeared on “General Hospital” as Det. David Harper from 2006-2008.

Pickett is survived by his wife Elena and the couple’s three children.

Lights, camera, action! Get the latest updates on movies and television from The Reel Buzz on Audacy.

LISTEN on the Audacy App
Sign Up and Follow Audacy
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram