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Vanessa Marcil broke her silence over the sudden death of her ex-fiancé, Tyler Christopher, following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment on Tuesday.
After learning of her ex's passing, at age 50, the General Hospital star shared images from their short-lived romance in the late 1990s, on her Instagram Story.
'Unit we meet again,' she captioned a picture of the hunky Daytime Emmy Award winner, standing behind her, with one of his arms wrapped lovingly around her.
In another tribute post, she wrote: 'Ugh, another loss! Waaaay too young.'
Former couple: Vanessa Marcil broke her silence over the sudden death of her ex-fiancé, Tyler Christopher, following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment on Tuesday (seen in 1997)
In a third post, she spoke directly to Christopher as she told him: 'Rest in power my love.'
Later, she uploaded a screenshot of a caption he made about the past decade after turning 50, last November.
'In the decade since then my daughter was born, I won an Emmy, was the lead actor in 4 television shows, completed a dozen movies, lived in a half dozen states, relapsed and recovered, survived a traumatic brain injury and pandemic, became single again, lost some friends and family, found my savior, embraced God's will for me, and learned to be content living a quieter life,' he wrote, last year.
He concluded the post by writing: 'To those who did not think I would make it to 50 I will share my favorite poem 'I am the master of my fate. I am the Captain of my soul. he wrote. The best is yet to come.''
During his relationship with Marcil, the former couple attended various public events, like the 15th Annual Soap Opera Digest Award in 1999.
After ending their engagement, he wed Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria.
Four years after his and Longoria's divorce, in 2004, he wed Brienne Pedigo.
Over their 13-year marriage, which ended in 2021, he and Pedigo welcomed their son Greysun, 14, and daughter Boheme, 8.
Paying tribute: After learning of her ex's passing, at age 50, the General Hospital star shared images from their short-lived romance in the late 1990s, on her Instagram Story
'Unit we meet again,' she captioned a picture of the hunky Daytime Emmy Award winner, standing behind her, with one of his arms wrapped lovingly around her
His own words: Later, she uploaded a screenshot of a caption he made about the past decade after turning 50, last November
A friend of Christopher was the person who found the actor dead in the bedroom of his San Diego apartment Tuesday.
Police sources told TMZ on Wednesday that officers visited the home around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday after a friend of the 50-year-old actor contacted 911 after finding the actor, as 'it appeared he had been dead for some time.'
Christopher's friend had not been able to reach the actor, and had went to his home to check on him, sources told the outlet.
The home had been locked, but the friend was able to enter with a key the actor had past provided, sources said.
Christopher's death was publicly announced Tuesday by his friend and former costar Maurice Benard on Instagram Tuesday: 'It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Tyler Christopher. Tyler passed away this morning following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment.'
Ex-wife: He was previoously married to Eva Longoria; seen at the 29th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in NYC in May of 2022
'Tyler was a truly talented individual that lit up the screen in every scene he performed and relished bringing joy to his loyal fans through his acting,' Benard said on the social media site. 'Tyler was a sweet soul and wonderful friend to all of those who knew him.'
Benard said that his late colleague 'was an advocate for better mental health and substance use treatment who openly spoke about his struggles with bipolar depression and alcohol,' adding, 'We are beyond devastated by the loss of our dear friend and pray for his children and his father.'
Christopher’s representative Chi Muoi Lo also confirmed the actor's death in a statement to CNN.
'This news was incredibly shocking, and I am devastated by his loss,' the actor's rep said. 'He was a very gifted actor, and more importantly, an amazing friend. My heart goes out to his friends and family who loved him so much.'
The actor played the role of Nikolas Cassadine on 1,153 episodes of General Hospital from 1996 to 2016. For his work on the series, he earned four daytime Emmy nominations and in 2016, he won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
In the years following, he portrayed Stefan DiMera on 159 episodes of another stalwart soap in Days of Our Lives, from 2018 to 2019.
In his personal life, Christopher was twice married: to Longoria, and to one-time ESPN personality Brienne Pedigo from 2008 thru 2021. He and Pedigo welcomed two children - a son Greysun James, 10, and a 4-year-old daughter, Boheme.
The actor had been plagued by legal problems involving alcohol in recent years: He was arrested six months ago after passing out drunk at an LA airport, which marked his second public intoxication arrest in three years.
Christopher was found on the floor fast asleep at Burbank Airport in Los Angeles this past May 26, when police were alerted to the snoozing soap star and woke him, according to TMZ.