Tyler Christopher’s Cause of Death
Tyler Christopher, renowned for his Emmy-award-winning portrayal on General Hospital, has tragically passed away at the age of 50. Tyler Christopher’s cause of death was confirmed to be a cardiac event at his residence in San Diego. The news was confirmed by his former General Hospital co-star, Maurice Benard, who shared the somber news on Instagram.
|Born||November 11, 1972|
|Birthplace||Joliet, Illinois, U.S.|
|Died||October 31, 2023 (aged 50)|
|Place of Death||San Diego, California, U.S.|
|Other Names||Tyler Baker|
|Spouses||Eva Longoria (m. 2002; div. 2004)|
|Brienne Pedigo (m. 2008; div. 2021)|
Maurice Benard’s Tribute
In a heartfelt Instagram post, Maurice Benard expressed his deep sadness at the loss of his dear friend and colleague. He lauded Christopher as an immensely talented actor who captivated audiences with his performances. He also commended Christopher’s commitment to promoting mental health awareness and substance use treatment. The actor was open about his personal battles with bipolar depression and alcohol. Benard extended his condolences to Christopher’s family, particularly his children and father.
General Hospital Executive Producer’s Statement Frank Valentini, the Executive Producer of General Hospital, shared his heartbreak over Tyler Christopher’s passing. He described Christopher as a kind and exceptional actor and a beloved friend to the General Hospital family and its fans. Tyler Christopher portrayed the character Nikolas Cassadine on the iconic medical soap opera from 1996 to 2016. He also earned an Emmy nomination for his role as Stefan DiMera on Days of Our Lives, which he played from 2018 to 2019.
Personal Life and Challenges
In 2008, Tyler Christopher married former ESPN reporter Brienne Pedigo, and the couple had two children together, Greysun James Christopher and Boheme Christopher. However, the marriage reportedly ended in divorce in 2021. Before that, Christopher was married to Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria from 2002 to 2004.
Challenges and Recovery
Tyler Christopher’s life faced significant challenges in recent years. He was placed under the guardianship of his sister, Susan Asmo Baker, in 2019. Christopher, in an interview with Bloomberg, spoke out about regaining control of his life. He expressed disbelief that he had been taken advantage of by a family member. During his period of alcohol withdrawal, he fell and suffered a head injury, leading to life-saving surgery. His sister filed for guardianship while he was hospitalized.
In a court filing, Christopher alleged that Asmo Baker had misused finances intended for his guardianship. He claimed she used up to $40,000 to pay her credit card debts and purchase a laptop for her son, among other expenses. Asmo Baker refuted these allegations.
Christopher’s Legal Troubles
In addition to his personal struggles, Tyler Christopher had faced legal issues. In May, he was arrested at the Hollywood Burbank Airport for public intoxication, for which he was released on $250 bail. This was not his first public intoxication arrest; in 2019, he was arrested for falling asleep in the back of an Uber and later pled guilty.
Tyler Christopher’s passing is a significant loss to the entertainment industry, his fans, and his colleagues who admired his talent and contributions to the world of soap operas.