Bad news continues to roll in as soap opera star John Callahan, best known for his role on the long-running series All My Children among many other popular soaps, has sadly passed away. According to a representative for the television star, Callahan suffered a massive stroke at his Palm Desert, California home on Friday and was later placed on life support at a Rancho Mirage hospital. Because of new hospital restrictions to protect staff and patients, Callahan's family members were only able to see him for "a short while" before the actor died on Saturday. He was 66 years old.

Callahan's ex-wife and former All My Children co-star Eva LaRue, with whom he fathered a now 18-year-old daughter and maintained a friendship, expressed her sadness at the news on her personal Instagram account. "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," LaRue writes in the caption of a posted photo of Callahan. She also goes on to add: "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."

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Born in Brooklyn, Callahan came into the world in the latter days of 1953. After high school, Callahan attended the University of California at Berkley as a pre-Law student, later switching gears to focus on acting when he decided he wanted to be a performer. By the early '80s, he had made it as a television actor when he played a reporter on the series Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in 1982. In the following years, he would appear on other classic shows like Three's Company, Fantasy Island, Murder, She Wrote, Falcon Crest, and General Hospital. He also played Lt. Jim Travers in multiple episodes of the TV series Emerald Point N.A.S.

Of course, Callahan is very well-known for his recurring roles on many popular soap operas. That notably includes All My Children with Callahan starring as Edmund Gray between 1992 and 2005. He also starred as Craig Hunt on Santa Barbara and as Dr. Baker in Days of Our Lives, later playing Detective Mackenzie Johnson in the series The Bay. More recently, Callahan continued to act with roles in the family comedies A Doggone Hollywood and the sequel A Doggone Adventure, also filming a role for the upcoming movie Loyalty from director Michael Satchell.

After spending decades entertaining audiences across many popular television shows, Callahan will be missed by many. Still, he has created a legacy as a successful actor with many beloved roles, and he's never going to be forgotten. We send our condolences at this time to Callahan's family, and may they take some comfort in seeing just how much Callahan is loved to help them mourn his sudden passing. Rest in peace. This news comes to us from TMZ.

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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. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️????????????????????????????????

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