‘General Hospital’ Star Billy Miller Dead At 43

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The soap opera star Billy Miller, the Daytime Emmy-winning actor from “The Young and the Restless” and “General Hospital,” died last Friday in Austin, Texas. He was only 43 years-old, and he would have turned 44 on Sunday.

Miller Passes Away

“The actor was struggling with manic depression when he died,” Miller’s manager told Variety.

Miller’s mother Patricia Miller later confirmed his death and elaborated on what happened in a statement of her own.

“He fought a long hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years,” she told Soap Opera Digest. “He did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, his friends and his fans but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life.”

“The other causes of death being told are not true,” she continued. “I wish they were but they just aren’t. We all loved him so much and are desperately trying to deal with our loss. I will have nothing further to say. Thanks for the love and support.”

Miller’s Life And Career

Born in Grand Prairie, Texas in 1979, Miller had a difficult childhood that saw him battle tarsal coalition, a rare condition that affected the cartilage in his ankles.

Miller started his career as a model with the agency Wilhelmina before successfully transitioning to acting, playing the character Richie Novak on “All My Children” from 2007-2008.

In 2008, Miller took over the role of Billy Abbott on “The Young And The Restless,” winning three Daytime Emmys, including two for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series and one for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, for his work on the show.

“What do these things mean? I guess they have the meaning you give them,” a visibly emotional Miller said while accepting his Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award in 2014, according to The New York Post. “I’m a product of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, a children’s hospital.”

“And for those of us who have to take three steps to make one that everybody else can make — I guess if you keep love in your heart and determination in your head, you’ll look up and you won’t be behind and you won’t be amongst the group,” he continued. “Sometimes you’ll lead. So, thank you very much.”

Check out Miller’s acceptance speech for yourself in the video below.

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Tributes For Miller

Miller eventually left “The Young And The Restless” in 2014 to join “General Hospital,” where he played the roles of Jason Morgan and Drew Cain on “General Hospital” as a series regular until 2019.

Tributes have been pouring in for Miller since his death.

“My heart goes out to him, and everyone who loves him – he is loved by so many. Warm, kind, incredibly talented .. a big hug to the daytime family. Rest in peace & happy heavenly birthday Billy,” said Risa Darkin, who co-starred on “General Hospital” with Miller.

Other tributes for Miller have come in as well:

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Miller’s roles away from the soap opera world included appearances on primetime television shows like “Suits,” “Ray Donovan,” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” He also had a small role in the Clint Eastwood movie American Sniper, which told the true story of the heroic U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

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Aside from his mother, Miller is survived by his sister Megan, brother-in-law Ronnie, nephew Grayson and niece Charley. Please join us in saying a prayer for them during this difficult time.

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