Jay Pickett, 'General Hospital' & 'Days of Our Lives' actor dies at 60

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Fox News 01 August, 2021 - 04:00pm 50 views

What did Jay Pickett die from?

Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene," he wrote. "There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack. EW.com'General Hospital' star Jay Pickett dies suddenly on movie set at age 60

General Hospital's Jay Pickett Dead at 60: Actor 'Passed Away Suddenly' on Movie Set

PEOPLE 01 August, 2021 - 03:04pm

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Actor Jim Heffel wrote in a separate post that the actor "died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho."

"Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens," Heffel wrote. "Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also coproducer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind."

Mills went on to remember Pickett as an "incredible man." 

Pickett began his soap opera career in 1991, playing Dr. Chip Lakin on Days of Our Lives.

He went on to star as Frank Scanlon on Port Charles for over 700 episodes between 1997-2003 and also appeared on General Hospital as Det. David Harper from 2006-2008.

Pickett is survived by his wife Elena and their three children, according to Deadline.

General Hospital's Jay Pickett Dead at 60: Actor 'Passed Away Suddenly' on Movie Set

E! NEWS 01 August, 2021 - 03:04pm

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Actor Jim Heffel wrote in a separate post that the actor "died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho."

"Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens," Heffel wrote. "Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also coproducer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind."

Mills went on to remember Pickett as an "incredible man." 

Pickett began his soap opera career in 1991, playing Dr. Chip Lakin on Days of Our Lives.

He went on to star as Frank Scanlon on Port Charles for over 700 episodes between 1997-2003 and also appeared on General Hospital as Det. David Harper from 2006-2008.

Pickett is survived by his wife Elena and their three children, according to Deadline.

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Pritzker Skips Lollapalooza ‘Out of an Abundance of Caution' Amid Rising COVID Cases

Yahoo Entertainment 01 August, 2021 - 12:16pm

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker had publicly said he would attend Lollapalooza this weekend in Chicago, but he has now decided not to attend amid rising COVID cases in the state, his press team said Sunday.

Pritzker had said last week that he planned to attend the four-day music festival, but now says that he will not, citing rising case numbers and a new CDC finding that vaccinated individuals can potentially transmit coronavirus to others.

“Out of an abundance of caution, with cases on a sharply increasing trajectory and with the CDC’s finding Friday that vaccinated individuals can transmit the virus, the governor did not attend Lollapalooza,” his press secretary told NBC 5.

According to data published by the CDC, virtually every county in the Chicago metropolitan area is currently experiencing “substantial” transmission of COVID-19, meaning that residents are urged to wear masks in indoor settings, even if they are vaccinated.

That includes the city, with officials saying that they are seeing an average of 202 new cases per day over the last seven days.

Even with increases in cases, city officials expressed confidence that Lollapalooza could be held safely. According to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, more than 90% of attendees at the shows were vaccinated, and hundreds had been turned away at the gates after failing to provide proof of vaccination or of a negative COVID test, with concertgoers required to furnish one of those items.

City officials also tweaked the guidelines at Lollapalooza over the weekend, saying that guests should wear masks in indoor spaces at the annual festival.

Pritzker's decision to not attend the festival also came as a result of a recent internal document from the CDC, which indicated that fully vaccinated people could spread the coronavirus if they contracted breakthrough infections.

The study of a COVID-19 outbreak in Provincetown, MA indicated that three-quarters of cases involved individuals who had been fully vaccinated, but the same study indicated that there were zero fatalities among those vaccinated individuals who tested positive, and that there were just seven hospitalizations among that group.

 Still, the CDC’s concern was that there was “no significant difference in the viral load” that vaccinated individuals carried compared to that of unvaccinated individuals, meaning that the vaccinated residents could still spread the virus even if they weren’t suffering from symptoms.

Soap Vet Dead At 60

ETCanada.com 01 August, 2021 - 09:10am

Jay Pickett (ex-Frank, PORT CHARLES et al) passed away on July 30 at the age of 60 while filming a movie in Idaho. The film’s co-producer, Jim Heffel, shared a Facebook post announcing the news, writing, “Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also coproducer with myself andVernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind [partner].” Pickett was born on February 10, 1961 in Spokane, WA. His first soap role was as DAYS’s Chip from 1991-92; he also appeared in a host of prime-time projects, including NCIS: LOS ANGELES and QUEEN SUGAR. He is survived by wife, Elena, and their three children: Maegan and Michaela, and son, Tyler. Soaphub.com first reported the news

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