General Hospital prima Tyler Christopher, who died Tuesday astatine 50, had been candid astir nan battles pinch intoxicant addiction and bipolar upset which haunted him for overmuch of his life.
Christopher successful March of 2022 sat down for an in-depth question and reply pinch his friend and workfellow Maurice Bernard connected Bernard's podcast astir intelligence health, State of Mind.
Christopher told Bernard that he understood that drinking led down a deadly path, saying, 'At immoderate point, you cannot past it' and that 'at immoderate point, it will termination you - and it has.'
Christopher revealed connected nan podcast that he had 'flatlined' 3 times aft alcohol-related incidents.
'Nobody knows that,' he said. 'Three times I person flatlined, and they brought maine back. Twice from poisoning, erstwhile from withdrawal.'
Details: General Hospital prima Tyler Christopher, who died Tuesday astatine 50, had been candid astir nan battles pinch intoxicant addiction and bipolar upset which haunted him for overmuch of his life. He was pictured connected a podcast successful March of 2022 discussing his issues
The character played nan domiciled of Nikolas Cassadine connected 1,153 episodes of General Hospital from 1996 to 2016.
For his activity connected nan series, he earned 4 daytime Emmy nominations and successful 2016, he won nan grant for Outstanding Lead Actor successful a Drama Series.
In nan years following, he portrayed Stefan DiMera connected 159 episodes of different stalwart soap successful Days of Our Lives, from 2018 to 2019.
On nan podcast, Christopher said he was 'crushed' erstwhile his intoxicant problems impacted him professionally, starring to his departures from some high-profile soap operas, according to Soaps In-Depth.
'I took for granted nan 1 point I emotion nan most,' he said. 'It was devastating for a myriad of reasons. One, nan point that I emotion nan astir was taken away. Two, I threw it away. Nobody took it distant from me. I dropped it, okay?
'Having to locomotion retired those doors nether that circumstance, was like, "Wow, this is for real, dude." This is for real.'
Christopher said that aft introspection, he accepted work for nan effect his addiction had connected his life.
'My pridefulness and ego were very speedy to intervene - "Who tin I blasted for this?" - and erstwhile I looked successful nan mirror, location was only 1 personification to constituent nan digit at,' he said.
The character had been plagued by ineligible problems involving intoxicant successful caller years, including a November 2019 nationalist intoxication apprehension successful Indiana
Christopher successful March of 2022 sat down for an in-depth question and reply pinch his friend and workfellow Maurice Benard connected Benard's podcast astir intelligence health, State of Mind, successful an speech he described arsenic '100% existent and honest'
The show's Maurice Benard announced nan tragic news connected Instagram Tuesday
In nan exchange, Christopher told Benard that nan first clip he had consumed liquor, he was nine-years-old and successful nan 3rd people aft 1 of his peers encouraged him to effort vanilla extract.
'Some idiot said, "There's intoxicant successful there; if you portion it, you'll get funny, silly,"' he said. 'So what's nan first point I do erstwhile I spell home? I spell successful nan furniture and my mom had vanilla extract from near to right.
'And I took each one. And precisely what my friends told maine would happen, happened. That's really it started, and it ne'er stopped.'
The character had been plagued by ineligible problems involving intoxicant successful caller years: He was arrested six months agone aft passing retired drunk astatine an LA airport, which marked his 2nd nationalist intoxication apprehension successful 3 years.
Christopher was recovered connected nan level accelerated dormant astatine Burbank Airport successful Los Angeles this past May 26, erstwhile constabulary were alerted to nan snoozing soap star and woke him, according to TMZ.
Christopher told nan authorities he had missed his formation earlier he was handcuffed and booked for nationalist intoxication.
Authorities said Christopher displayed clear signs of being intoxicated and that he was 'unable to attraction for himself,' according to nan news outlet.
He was released soon aft his apprehension and fixed a tribunal date, nan news outlet reported.
Christopher was pictured successful 2018 successful Pasadena, California astatine the NBCUniversal Winter Press Tour
Christopher successful a 2010 segment pinch character Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) during their days together connected nan long-running soap General Hospital
Christopher, pictured successful 2018, said he was 'crushed' erstwhile his intoxicant problems impacted him professionally, starring to his departures from some high-profile soap operas
In November 2019, Christopher was arrested for nationalist intoxication successful his hometown of Martinsville, Indiana, TMZ reported.
In an incident connected November 11, 2019, an Uber driver had alerted officers to Christopher's behaviour aft he allegedly passed retired and urinated connected himself aft he'd been dropped disconnected astatine his home. He had 2 fifths of bourbon connected her personification astatine nan time, according to nan outlet.
Authorities said successful ineligible docs reviews by nan outlet that constabulary had taken 9 reports successful relationship pinch Christopher's drunken behaviour successful nan two-month span opening September 14.
In 1 incident November 8, 2019 astatine a Walgreens, a personification reported that Christopher had been trying to get wrong of their vehicle. Police who detained nan character said that he had sported imaginable caput injuries arsenic he had been bleeding from his chemoreceptor and urinated successful his pants.
Authorities transported Christopher to a adjacent emergency room for an introspection and a breathalyzer test, which his BAC showed arsenic .267, much than 3 times nan ineligible limit to drive.
On nan 2022 podcast, Christopher said that successful precocious 2019, he suffered further wellness setbacks erstwhile he suffered intoxicant withdrawal, and cracked nan backmost of his skull erstwhile he fell and his caput connected a bathtub. Christopher said he underwent neurological rehab for 4 months to regain his accommodation pursuing nan vulnerable occurrence.
'The expert told me, "You are ne'er 100 percent going to beryllium healed from this,"' Christopher said connected nan podcast. 'I still person broadside effects. I still get headaches; I've sewage nan scars.'
He said successful nan March 2022 question and reply that he was abstaining from intoxicant amid proposal from his physician: 'The expert told me, "Compound nan effect that you are besides a recovering addict, if you decided to spell backmost to that portion of your life again, your encephalon can't grip it."'
Tyler Christopher earned 4 Daytime Emmy nominations and successful 2016 won nan grant for 'Outstanding Lead Actor successful a Drama Series,' aft playing nan domiciled of Nikolas Cassadine for astir 2 decades. Pictured successful LA successful 2016
Christopher this past July said with Bloomberg astir a family rumor he was dealing with, aft he had been placed successful nan guardianship of his sister Susan Asmo Baker successful 2019 aft he was injured successful an alcohol-related incident.
Christopher told nan outlet that he 'never thought successful a cardinal years that I would beryllium taken advantage of by a family member' aft he sued his related claiming she had spent $40,000 of his toward her ain expenses.
She had denied immoderate wrongdoing to nan tribunal and nan outlet, telling Bloomberg successful an email, 'If I hadn’t been his Guardian he’d beryllium DEAD!'
Christopher said connected nan 2022 podcast that he had been moving connected a book that would thief different group who unrecorded pinch addiction and bipolar disorder, though it was not clear if he had vanished it anterior to his passing.
In an question and reply past period pinch Digital Journal, Christopher said that he was 'honored' Benard interviewed him.
'For Maurice, it is very individual and he takes it very seriously,' he said. 'When you spell connected there, you person to beryllium truthful aliases you are going to look foolish. I decided to beryllium very honest, truthful, transparent, and very real. I would emotion to someday do a follow-up.'
Christopher's decease was announced by Benard connected Instagram Tuesday.
'It is pinch awesome sadness that we stock nan news of nan passing of Tyler Christopher. Tyler passed distant this greeting pursuing a cardiac arena successful his San Diego apartment.
'Tyler was a genuinely talented individual that lit up nan surface successful each segment he performed and relished bringing joyousness to his loyal fans done his acting,' Benard said connected nan societal media site. 'Tyler was a saccharine psyche and awesome friend to each of those who knew him.'
Christopher and ex-wife Eva Longoria were pictured astatine the 29th yearly Daytime Emmy Awards successful NYC successful May of 2022
The erstwhile mates was pictured at nan El Capitan Theater successful Hollywood, California successful 2002
Christopher and Longoria were pictured astatine an arena successful 2003, a twelvemonth earlier their split
Benard said that his precocious workfellow 'was an advocator for amended intelligence wellness and constituent usage curen who openly said astir his struggles pinch bipolar depression and alcohol,' adding, 'We are beyond devastated by nan nonaccomplishment of our beloved friend and believe for his children and his father.'
Christopher’s typical Chi Muoi Lo besides confirmed nan actor's decease successful a connection to CNN.
'This news was incredibly shocking, and I americium devastated by his loss,' nan actor's rep said. 'He was a very talented actor, and much importantly, an astonishing friend. My bosom goes retired to his friends and family who loved him truthful much.'
In his individual life, Christopher was doubly married: to Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria from 2002 to 2004; and to one-time ESPN characteristic Brienne Pedigo from 2008 thru 2021.
He and Pedigo welcomed 2 children - a boy Greysun James, 10, and a 4-year-old daughter, Boheme.
Some of Christopher's different tv and movie roles included Days of Our Lives, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and nan Paul Winfield dramedy Catfish successful Black Bean Sauce, earlier successful his career.
He besides appeared successful nan crime play No Turning Back, Face nan Music, and The Twilight Zone, arsenic good arsenic nan 2014 romanticist play Beyond nan Lights.
In caller years, he had been seen successful TV films specified arsenic 2023's Ice Storm, and nan 2022 films 20.0 Megaquake and Super Volcano.
Amid news of Christopher's death, a number of his contemporaries and fans took to societal media to salary memorial to nan precocious character connected nan station from Benard announcing his passing
Colleagues and fans of nan precocious entertainer took to Twitter pinch memorials amid news of his death
Alyssa Milano, who Christopher appeared alongside connected a 2000 section of nan bid Charmed, posted a memorial Tuesday pinch an image of them moving together
Amid news of Christopher's death, a number of his contemporaries and fans took to societal media to salary memorial to nan precocious actor.
Alyssa Milano, who Christopher appeared alongside connected a 2000 section of nan bid Charmed, posted a memorial Tuesday that read, 'It feels for illustration nan world is caving in. Tyler Christopher has passed away.
'He was a awesome character and truthful bully successful nan Charmed section Pardon My Past. I retrieve him arsenic being a sweet, sweet, soul. May he remainder successful peace. My condolences to his friends and family.'
Actor Bryan Craig said, 'Wow truthful sad,' while character Doug Davidson said, 'Oh my God. He was specified a beautiful personification and an astonishing actor. I americium successful full shock. May God bless his soul.'
Actor Sean Kanan said, 'Stunned to perceive that Tyler Christopher passed away. I person nary words. RIP my friend.'
General Hospital executive shaper Frank Valentini said he was 'heartbroken complete nan news' and remembered Christopher arsenic 'an unthinkable character and a beloved friend,' adding, 'Our heartfelt sympathies spell retired to his loved ones during this difficult time.'
A instrumentality of nan character said, 'I’m stunned…so galore group are conscionable leaving this world excessively soon. RIP Tyler Christopher, wow!! We’ve mislaid different talented individual, reasoning of his loved ones.'
Another instrumentality said that 'Christopher's eternal talent and charm filled america each pinch joy,' adding, 'I, for illustration galore others, was ever rooting for him. I dream he felt that.'
One instrumentality noted a spate of caller untimely personage deaths , saying, 'Billy Miller, Matthew Perry and now Tyler Christopher is gone too?!? My bosom hurts.'
Another instrumentality said they were 'stunned and perfectly devastated' astir Christopher's death, adding that 'losing him and Billy Miller wrong a period of each different is simply a double gut punch,' and 'May their souls remainder successful peace.'