Two months after the untimely passing of Tyler Christopher, a beloved figure in the soap opera world, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office has revealed the cause of death of the 50-year-old actor. Known for his iconic roles on 'General Hospital' and 'Days of Our Lives', Christopher's death was a shock to fans and colleagues alike.
The medical examiner's report, obtained by TMZ on January 26, indicates that Christopher died from positional asphyxia, exacerbated by acute alcohol intoxication. This tragic turn of events was further complicated by coronary artery atherosclerosis, a condition characterized by plaque buildup in the arteries.
The report categorically states that the actor's death was accidental.
Christopher's Enduring Legacy
Christopher's career spanned over two decades, during which he left an indelible mark on the television industry. His portrayal of Nikolas Cassadine on 'General Hospital' from 1996 to 2016 earned him critical acclaim and a Daytime Emmy, cementing his status as a celebrated performer.
His talent extended to 'Days of Our Lives', where he played Stefan DiMera from 2001 to 2019. Beyond the screen, Christopher's life was marked by personal struggles and triumphs. He was a vocal advocate for mental health and substance use treatment, often speaking candidly about his own battles with bipolar depression and alcohol.
His openness about these challenges was a source of inspiration to many who shared similar experiences. Christopher's former 'General Hospital' co-star Maurice Benard, in an emotional Instagram post dated October 31, initially attributed the actor's death to a cardiac event.
Benard remembered Christopher as a "sweet soul and wonderful friend," who brought joy and light to every scene and deeply valued his interactions with his fans. The untimely passing of Tyler Christopher leaves a void in the entertainment world.
His remarkable journey, marked by professional acclaim and personal courage, will continue to inspire and be remembered by fans and colleagues alike.