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General Hospital icon John Reilly dies aged 84

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General Hospital star dead Pics: ITV/Getty
John Reilly has died at the age of 83 (Picture: ITV/Getty)

General Hospital actor John Reilly has died at the age of 84, his daughter has confirmed.

Caitlin Reilly, who followed her father into the spotlight and is now an actor and TikTok star, confirmed the news on Instagram on Sunday.

His cause of death was not stated.

In her statement, Caitlin shared a photograph of her with her dad when she was little, and said she was ‘grateful that she got to love him’.

She wrote: ‘John Henry Matthew Reilly AKA Jack. The brightest light in the world has gone out. Imagine the best person in the world.

‘Now imagine that person being your dad. I’m so grateful he was mine. I’m so grateful I got to love him.

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‘I’m so grateful I made it in time to hold him and say goodbye. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know he’ll be with me. I love you forever Daddy.’

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John’s daughter Caitlin broke the news online (Picture: Instagram)

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Reilly played Sean Donely in 76 episodes of the beloved US soap opera General Hospital, first appearing in 1984 and recurring through to 2013.

Finola Hughes, who plays Anna and Alex Devane on the show, said of his passing: ‘He was a big brother to me. The kindest man you could ever find. I cannot express how sorry I am to hear of his passing.’

He also played Alistair Crane in Passions, another beloved NBC daytime soap series, featuring as one of the leading members of the central Crane family for 108 episodes between 2000 and 2008.

He is survived by his wife Liz Reilly, whom he married in 1981, and his children.

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