Actor Jay Pickett, the ruggedly handsome actor who starred in daytime dramas including “General Hospital,” “Day of Our Lives” and “Port Charles,” died July 30 on an Idaho movie set where “Treasure Valley” was filmed. He was 60.
According to friend and fellow actor Jim Heffel, Pickett died while waiting on a horse to film a scene in the Western.
“Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride into heaven,” heffel wrote: in a July 30 Facebook post announcing Pickett’s death. “Jay died riding a horse ready to tug at an ox in the Idaho movie Treasure Valley. The Way of a Real Cowboy.”
Pickett wrote the screenplay, starred and co-produced “Treasure Valley” alongside Heffel and Vernon Walker.
“He will be truly missed,” Heffel wrote. “Ride like the wind partner.”
Fellow “Treasure Valley” actor and director Travis Mills wrote: on the film’s official Facebook page about Pickett’s passing, saying “he died suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene.”
“There is no official explanation for the cause of his death, but it appears to have been a heart attack,” Mills wrote. “Everyone who attended worked so hard to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we mourn his family so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”
Mills paid tribute to Pickett, remembering him as “an incredible man. He was kind, sweet and generous.”
“It’s hard now to find the words to say more. His closest friends have said he was very happy making ‘Treasure Valley’ and I hope he really was,” Mills wrote. “He did what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was great.”
Pickett was born in Spokane, Washington on February 10, 1961 and grew up in Caldwell, Idaho. He played for two years from 1991 as Dr. Chip Lakin in “Days of Our Lives”.
For five years, 1997-2002, and a total of 762 episodes, Pickett starred as Frank Scanlon in “Port Charles.”
“Port Charles” star Marie Wilson shared a Twitter message from a magazine interview she did with Pickett in which she described their characters’ screen engagement.
“This is one of the hardest posts I’ve done,” Wilson wrote. “My heart is broken to hear that this incredible person has passed away. Words cannot describe how much you have touched my life…your friendship, advice and support have made me so grateful and happy.”
Wilson recalled that her first day on the “Port Charles” set with Pickett was when “we had a water fight…and the fun adventures continued from there. So glad I shared all those moments with you.”
Pickett played the role of Detective David Harper “General Hospital” from 2006-2008.
Kin Shriner, who starred in “General Hospital” and spin-off “Port Charles,” shared a black-and-white group photo with the Pickett.
“The sudden passing of my friend Jay Pickett is very sad,” Shriner wrote on Twitter. “He loved acting and westerns, and when we got together, we laughed a lot. RIP Jay.”
Stuntman Ardeshir Radpour shared a Facebook Tribute to a cowboy hat lined with Pickett and overlaid with the text, “Goodbye cowboy! We love you and will miss you!”
“It is so heartbroken to hear so suddenly of the untimely passing of a wonderful person and friend,” Radpour wrote in the post’s caption. “Jay, you will always be with us and we will always be with you.”
Pickett is survived by his wife of 35, Elena, and their three children, Maegan, Michaela and Tyler.
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