The Daytime Emmy winner was known for his roles in 'The Young and the Restless' and 'General Hospital'
Daytime Emmy Award winner Billy Miller, who was best known for his role on soap operas The Young and the Restless and General Hospital, has died. He would’ve turned 44 on Sunday.
Miller died on Friday in Austin, Texas according to a statement from his manager obtained by PEOPLE. He was “struggling with manic depression when he died," his manager said. No specific cause of death was cited.
The actor was known for his roles in several soaps, starting with All My Children in 2007. He went on to star in The Young and the Restless from 2008 to 2014, and earned three Daytime Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Billy Abbott — outstanding supporting actor in a drama series in 2010 and 2013 and outstanding lead actor in a drama series in 2014.
He later joined ABC’s General Hospital as Jake Doe before he took over for Steve Burton’s role of Jason Morgan from 2016 to 2017. With Burton’s return to the show, Miller starred as Morgan’s twin, Drew Cain for two seasons before departing the soap in 2019.
Several of the actor’s former co-stars took to X on Sunday to share their heartbreak at his death.
General Hospital’s Risa Dorken said she’s “heartbroken” at the news. “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.”
The Young and the Restless’ Eileen Davidson shared a throwback photo with Miller from the 2014 Emmys when they both won awards. “I'm so sad to hear of Billy Miller's passing,” she wrote in the post. “His infectious charm and warmth left lasting impressions on all of us who were lucky enough to have him in our lives. Im gonna miss that mischievous smile. Love you Billy.”
Jason Thompson, who starred in General Hospital with Miller and later took over the actor's former role of Billy Abbott in The Young and the Restless, said he was "saddened to hear" about the death of his "friend."
"He was funny, had a great laugh and very talented," Thompson wrote in a tweet. "Love and light to his family and friends."
Kin Shriner of General Hospital said he’s “very sad to hear” about Miller’s death. “I so enjoyed his time on @GeneralHospital,” Shriner’s tweet said. “He was a really good guy and funny and kind to all !RIP Billy.”
The show’s executive producer Frank Valentini also expressed his condolences at the news. “I am devastated to hear news of the incredibly talented Billy Miller’s passing. On behalf of the entire @GeneralHospital family, our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
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Michael Fairman TV first broke the news of Miller's death.
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