“General Hospital” is paying tribute to its late actor, Jay Pickett, who died last month at age 60 on a movie set. At the top of Tuesday’s episode, the long-running daytime drama featured a photograph of Pickett alongside the words “In Loving Memory of Jay Pickett.” Pickett starred as Detective David Harper on ABC’s “General Hospital” from 2006 to 2008. A celebration of Pickett’s life is scheduled to be live-streamed Friday from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. EDT via the Nampa (Idaho) funeral parlor.
Known as the ruggedly handsome actor who appeared in other daytime dramas including “Days of Our Lives” and “Port Charles,” Pickett died July 30 on an Idaho movie set filming “Treasure Valley.” Following the news of his death, Kin Shriner, who starred with Pickett on “General Hospital” and “Port Charles,” shared a black-and-white group photo featuring the actor. “The sudden passing of my pal Jay Pickett is extremely sad,” Shriner wrote Lammas on Twitter. “He loved acting and Westerns, and once we got together we laughed tons. R.I.P. Jay.”
According to friend and fellow “Treasure Valley” filmmaker, Jim Heffel, Pickett died while on a horse waiting to film a scene within the modern Western. “Yesterday I lost an honest friend and therefore the world lost an excellent person. Jay Pickett decided to ride away into the Heavens,” Heffel wrote during a July 30 Facebook post. “Jay died sitting on a horse able to rope a steer within the movie ‘Treasure Valley’ in Idaho. The way of a real cowboy.” Pickett wrote the screenplay and starred in “Treasure Valley,” producing the film with Heffel and Tucson Vernon Walker. The independent film was one among many cowboy projects that Pickett, who was raised riding rodeo in Idaho, had undertaken in recent years.
“He is going to be truly missed,” Heffel wrote. “Ride just like the wind, partner.” Fellow “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 not any official explanation for the explanation for his death but it appears to possess been an attack,” Mills wrote. “Everyone present tried as hard as they might to stay him alive. Our hearts are broken and that we grieve for his family who is so devastated by this shocking tragedy.” Mills paid tribute to Pickett and remembered him as “an incredible man. He was kind, sweet, and generous.”
“It is difficult to seek out the words immediately to mention more. His closest friends have said that he was very happy making ‘Treasure Valley’ and my hope is that he truly was,” Mills wrote. “He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.” Born in Spokane, Washington on Feb. 10, 1961, Pickett grew up in Caldwell, Idaho where he found his love for rodeo. (Brother Dee Pickett may be a member of the Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame.)
Pickett attended Treasure Valley junior college, where he played football and met his future wife, Elena Bates. He studied theater arts at Boise State University and earned his master’s degree at the University of California l. a.
With his actor looks, Pickett started his daytime drama career in 1991 as Dr. Chip Lakin in “Days of Our Lives,” For five years, 1997-2002, and 762 total episodes, Pickett starred as dedicated paramedic Frank Scanlon in “Port Charles.”