The soap opera actor Jay Pickett has died suddenly at the age of 60 on the set of his next film, Treasury Valley. The news was confirmed by director and producer of the film, Travis Mills.
“Many of you have already heard of the tragedy that happened two days ago. Jay Pickett, our main man, writer, producer and creator of this film passed away suddenly while we were there preparing to film a scene, ”Mills said on the film’s Facebook page on Sunday. “There is no official explanation for the cause of his death, but it appears to be a heart attack. Everyone present did their best to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we mourn his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy. “
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Mills said Pickett was an “amazing man” who was “kind, gentle and generous”.
“He was one of the best actors I’ve 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 right words. now to say more, ”added Mills. “His closest friends said he was very happy doing Treasure Valley and I hope he really was. He did what he loved: playing, riding, making movies. And he was magnificent. “
One of Pickett’s Treasury Valley co-stars Jim Heffel said in another Facebook post that he “has lost a good friend and the world has lost a great person.”
“Jay Pickett has decided to go to heaven,” Heffel wrote. “Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope an ox in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a real cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also a co-producer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be really missed. Ride like the partner of the wind.
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Pickett, who was born February 10, 1961 in Spokane, Washington, began his acting career in the 1980s with appearances in television series including From rags to riches and China Beach. He is best known for his work portraying Frank Scanlon on Port Charles, Dr Chip Lakin on Days of our lives, and Detective David Harper on General hospital.
Additionally, Pickett has appeared on shows including NCIS : Los Angeles, Sugar queen, The mentalist and Rosewood, and starred in TV movies such as Inspired to kill, 16 years old and missing and The perfect student.
He is survived by his wife Elena and their three children.