Jay Pickett, a soap opera star known for his work on shows like General Hospital other Days of our lives, died on Friday, July 30, while working on an upcoming western, Treasure valley, in Idaho. He was 60 years old.
“Jay Pickett, our protagonist, writer, producer and creator of this film passed away suddenly while we were on site preparing to shoot a scene,” said the director of the film. Travis mills, confirmed via Facebook on Sunday, August 1. “Our hearts are broken and we cry for his family, who are so devastated by this terrible tragedy.”
According to Mills, there is no official explanation for the cause of Pickett’s death. However, those familiar with the tragedy believe that he had a heart attack. Co-star Jim Heffel added on a separate Facebook post office on Friday his friend “died sitting on a horse ready to tie up a calf.”
In his original post, Mills added that everyone present did their best to keep Pickett alive.
“Our hearts are broken and we cry for his family, who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy,” wrote the producer. “As many of us know, Jay was an incredible man. He was kind and sweet and generous. He was one of the best actors I have ever worked with and it was an honor to collaborate with him. Everyone who knew him, even for the briefest moment, could feel his warmth, his wonderful spirit. “
He continued: “It’s hard to find the words right now to say more. His closest friends have said that he was very happy doing Treasure valley and my hope is that it really was. He did what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And it was magnificent. “
The Port Charles student is survived by his wife, Elena Pickett, whom he married in 1985. The couple shared three children: Maegan, 35, Michaela, 29, and Tyler, 15.
After his passing, many of Jay’s former co-stars took to social media to share tributes to the late actor.
“The sudden passing of my friend Jay Pickett is very sad,” said the partner. General Hospital alum Kin Shriner wrote via Twitter. “He loved acting and westerns, and when we got together we laughed a lot.”