Man, personalities from my childhood are dropping like flies these days.
Yet another daytime soap star has passed away this week.
Nick Benedict, former star of “Days of Our Lives” and “All My Children,” has passed away at the age of 77, reported Fox News.
My mother was a soap opera junkie, so there was always something on when we got home from school.
As kids, we had no choice but to watch soap operas if we were home during the day because after the early news, it was soaps until about 4:00 p.m.
Benedict bounced around from TV series to TV series, taking one-episode roles until he landed a brief stint on “All My Children” in 1977.
He also did a few episodes of “The Young and the Restless,” my mom’s favorite, in 1980.
His first steady gig on TV was on “Tribes,” appearing in 30 episodes.
Then, in 1993, he finally landed a steady role-playing Curtis Reed in “Days of Our Lives.”
Benedict retired in 2011, with “A Beautiful Friendship” listed as his last project on his IMDb profile.
Benedict had lived in Bear Valley in Arizona for the better part of the last two decades, with his wife, Ginger Loli-Benedict traveling to California to work at a restaurant, which confirmed his death.
According to the report, on July 2, 2023, Benedict was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery on his spine, and he was moved to hospice care only days later, completely paralyzed from the neck down. There was no information given as to why he needed the emergency surgery.
He died from complications from the surgery on July 14, which was actually his birthday.
If you happened to grow up when I did in the 1970s and 1980s, far too many of our stars and childhood heroes are gone. God forbid the poison that industry will spew out when these few dissenting voices are gone. The day that Clint Eastwood dies, well, we are in big trouble!