Longtime soap opera star Jay Pickett died suddenly while filming a movie in Idaho
Jay Pickett. Jean-Paul Aussenard / WireImage
Soap star Jay Pickett of General Hospital and Days of Our Lives has died at the age of 60.
He died while waiting to shoot a scene in a movie, the film's director said.
"Everyone present did their best to keep him alive," said the director.
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Jay Pickett, the star of soap operas such as General Hospital and Days of Our Lives, died on the set of a movie. He was 60.
Pickett's death came suddenly while preparing to shoot a scene for "Treasure Valley," said Travis Mills, the film's director, on the film's Facebook page.
"There is no official explanation for the cause of death, but it appears to have been a heart attack," Mills wrote.
"Everyone present did their best to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we mourn his family, who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy."
Pickett's agent confirmed Variety's death.
Jim Heffel, another actor on "Treasure Valley," wrote on Facebook that Pickett died while he was on a horse waiting to shoot a scene.
"Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride to heaven," Heffel wrote.
"Jay died sitting on a horse ready to be roped up in the Idaho movie Treasure Valley. The way of a real cowboy."
Pickett was born in Spokane, Washington, and grew up in Caldwell, Idaho. After receiving his MFA in Acting from UCLA, he quickly got into the business and grabbed roles on top 1980s shows such as "China Beach", "Perry Mason" and "Matlock".
He is best known for being Dr. Playing Chip Lakin on Days of Our Lives. He also held positions at "General Hospital" and its spin-off "Port Charles".
Pickett left behind his wife Elena Bates and three children.
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