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“General Hospital” Actor Jay Pickett Dies On Film Set At 60

Jay Pickett | Image: Deadline

US actor Jay Pickett, who appeared in daytime dramas including “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives,” died July 30 while on filming “Treasure Valley” in Idaho. He was 60 years old.

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Pickett died while on a horse waiting to film a scene in the modern Western, his friend and fellow “Treasure Valley” actor, Jim Heffel said.

“Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens,” Heffel wrote in a July 30 Facebook post announcing Pickett’s death. “Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy.”

Pickett wrote the screenplay and starred in “Treasure Valley,” producing the film with Heffel and Tucson Vernon Walker. “He will be truly missed,” Heffel wrote. “Ride like the wind, partner.”

“Treasure Valley” actor and director Travis Mills wrote on the film’s official Facebook page about Pickett’s passing, saying, “he died suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene.”

“There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack,” Mills wrote. “Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”

Born in Spokane, Washington on Feb. 10, 1961, Pickett grew up in Caldwell, Idaho.He started his daytime drama career as Dr. Chip Lakin in “Days of Our Lives,” starring for two years starting in 1991.

Pickett and his wife, Elena, resided in California and have two daughters, Maegan and Michaela, and a son, Tyler.

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