Jay Pickett, ‘General Hospital’ actor, dies on movie set at 60

  • Jay Pickett, 60, died July 30 following an apparent heart attack on the set of his movie “Treasure Valley.”
  • Pickett starred on daytime dramas “General Hospital,” and “Days of Our Lives.”
  • Pickett starred as Frank Scanlon on “Port Charles” from 1997 to 2002 for 762 episodes.

Jay Pickett, the ruggedly handsome actor who appeared in daytime dramas including “General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives” and “Port Charles,” died July 30 on an Idaho movie set filming “Treasure Valley.” He was 60. 

According to friend and fellow “Treasure Valley” actor, Jim Heffel, Pickett died while on a horse waiting to film a scene in the modern Western.

“Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens,” Heffel wrote in a July 30 Facebook post announcing Pickett’s death. “Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy.”

Pickett wrote the screenplay and starred in “Treasure Valley,” producing the film with Heffel and Tucson Vernon Walker.

“He will be truly missed,” Heffel wrote. “Ride like the wind, partner.” 

Fellow “Treasure Valley” actor and director Travis Mills wrote on the film’s official Facebook page about Pickett’s passing, saying, “he died suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene.”

“There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack,” Mills wrote. “Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”

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