Veteran actor John Reilly, known for his appearances on Sensation of Living and General Hospital, has passed away at age 84. It was his daughter, social media star Caitlin Reilly, who announced the news of her father’s death on Instagram on Sunday. Causes of death have not been disclosed.
“John Henry Matthew Reilly, aka Jack. The brightest light in the world has gone out,” Caitlin wrote alongside a photo from her childhood. “Imagine the best person in the world. Now imagine that person is your father. I am so grateful that he was mine. I am so grateful that I was able to love him. I am so grateful that I came in time to hug him and say goodbye.” “Honestly, I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know that he will be with me,” Caitlin added. “I will love you forever dad.” These emotional words have accompanied a beautiful image of father and daughter.
Along with TVLine reporting the death, John’s daughter, Caitlin Reilly, shared the sad news on social media on Sunday.
John Reilly was born in Chicago 84 years ago and got his start in television acting in the 1960s with guest-starring roles on Death Valley Days, Apple’s Way, and Gunsmoke. In 1984, he starred in six episodes of Dallas as Roy Ralston. After passing through this famous soap opera, Reilly was chosen to play Sean Donely in General Hospital. He played the role for 11 years and left the series in 1994 after choosing not to renew his contract. His character was removed from the show the following year when he and his on-screen wife Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt) moved out of town.
Reilly then participated in the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210, known in Spain as Sensation of living. There he played in some chapters Bill Taylor, the often absent father of Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth). He also had recurring roles as Del Douglas on Sunset Boulevard from 1997 to 1999 and as Alistair Crane on Passions from 2005 to 2008.
he became known in ‘Sensation of Living’, where he played Bill Taylor, the father of Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth)
In 2008, Reilly reprized his role on the medical series General Hospital for the end of season 2 of the spinoff series General Hospital: Night Shift. He reprized Sean in the 50th anniversary year of the original soap opera in 2013.
The official Twitter account of the General Hospital series, which is still broadcast, has expressed its condolences: “The entire General Hospital family is heartbroken to learn of the death of John Reilly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. Rest in peace”.