The soap opera community is left shocked and saddened after John Callahan, the actor who starred as Edmund Grey on All My Children from 1992 to 2005 suddenly passed away.
Callahan's rep told TMZ that the actor passed away on Saturday, March 28th as a result of a massive stroke he suffered on the day before. Paramedics transferred him to hospital where he was put on life support. Though his death was not a result of COVID-19, the extra measures in place at the hospital made it so that his family could only see him for a short time.
Callahan's ex-wife, Eva LaRue, with whom he shared an 18-year-old daughter, Kaya, posted a sweet tribute to her friend on Instagram.
May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! �Johnny Numbers�, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to �Yesterday�)...
Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you.I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ??????????????????
Sarah Michelle Gellar also posted a touching tribute to the late star, revealing that he served as a father figure to her for a lot of big moments in her life, including her graduation.
Get past the horrible eyebrows on me and you will notice the incredibly handsome man, standing beside, me at my high school graduation. That�s #JohnCallahan or better know to me as GP (but why I called him that remains between us and those closest to him) He stepped into a lot of moments in my life because I didn�t have a father to be there.
Johns greatest joy in his life, was when he had a daughter of his own @kaya_callahan. John left us this morning. I promise you GP just as you were there for me, I will always be there for smoosh (Kaya) and @evalarue as well. I will tape a pic of you to my hand held mirror (that�s for you @kellyripa ) This is all too much, especially right now, but I want the world to know how much you meant to so many people. #RIPJohnCallahan
Kelly Ripa, who starred with Callahan on the hit soap opera series, also shared some kind words.
"Because there are no words, all i can muster is Rest In Peace #johncallahan My heart breaks for you @evalarue and @kaya_callahan ?????"
Our thoughts and prayers are with Callahan's family, especially his daughter, during this trying time.