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General Hospital star Jay Pickett dies at 60: The soap opera actor passes away in Idaho

General Hospital star Jay Pickett dies at 60: The soap opera actor passes away suddenly while sitting on a horse before shooting a scene for his Western movie in Idaho

  • Longtime soap opera actor Jay Pickett died on Thursday at the age of 60
  •  The star collapsed suddenly while sitting on a horse on a movie set in Idaho
  • Crew members tried to revive him but were not successful, it was shared
  • Jay was best known for his work on the daytime shows General Hospital and Days Of Our Lives

Longtime soap opera actor Jay Pickett died on Thursday at the age of 60.

The star, best known for his work on the daytime shows General Hospital and Days Of Our Lives, collapsed suddenly.

It happened while he was on a horse as he was about to shoot a scene for a movie filming in Idaho, according to a Sunday report from TMZ.

Costars took to social media to pay tribute to the Hollywood veteran. One even speculated Jay may have suffered from a heart attack, adding several of the crew members had tried to revive him.

The official cause of death has not yet been released. 

Sad loss: Longtime soap opera actor Jay Pickett died on Thursday at the age of 60. Seen in 2002 in a promo still for Port Charles

The star was working on his film Treasure Valley in Idaho. He was the star and had also written and was producing the Western film that was scheduled to be released in 2022.

Jim Heffel, a costar and co-producer on the movie, shared the news on Facebook.

‘Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho,’ began the actor. ‘The way of a true cowboy.’

Travis Mills, who was also acting in the film, said on Facebook it seemed the star had a heart attack.

On set: Jim Heffel, a costar and co-producer on the movie, shared the news on Facebook. 'Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho,' began the actor. 'The way of a true cowboy'

On set: Jim Heffel, a costar and co-producer on the movie, shared the news on Facebook. ‘Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho,’ began the actor. ‘The way of a true cowboy’

Mills added that the crew humped in to try to save the star but it did not work. 

Pickett starred as Dr Chip Lakin on Days of Our Lives for a year in the Nineties. Then came the soap Port Charles and General Hospital.

Jay also guest starred on the prime time TV series Desperate Housewives, Saving Grace and NCIS.

He is survived by his wife, Elena, and their children.

At work: He played a doctor on Port Charles. Seen here in 1998 with Sarah Aldrich

At work: He played a doctor on Port Charles. Seen here in 1998 with Sarah Aldrich

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