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So beloved is Ian Buchanan’s alter ego that years after Duke was resurrected, recast and killed off, the show realized what a huge mistake it had made. So although Duke supposedly died in 1990 (while being played by Greg Beecroft), Buchanan returned in 2012 with the writers explaining that the “other” Duke had been a phony. Somehow having not learned its lesson, the show again killed off Anna’s true love in 2015, this time seemingly for good.
Edward and Lila Quartermaine
We’ll admit that, with the real-life passing of not only Lila’s portrayer, Anna Lee, but both of the men who brought cantankerous Edward to life (David Lewis and John Ingle), it was probably a smart of General Hospital to let the Quartermaine matriarch and patriarch reunite in the hereafter. That doesn’t make us miss them any less, however.
Some may see Jerry Jacks as a devil-may-care scamp but to us, he will always be the man responsible for the death of Monica’s better half. Sure, he died of a heart attack, but it is a fate he would never have met had it not been for the strain put upon said organ when Jax’s brother and his cohorts held Alan and other locals hostage at the Metro Court. We can’t help thinking that were Stuart Damon’s Alan still with us, Cyrus Renault might never have managed to take the hospital over.
When rumors began circulating that William deVry’s bad-guy-gone-mostly-good alter ego would be exiting the canvas, we refused to believe it. How could Julian possibly be killed off before he and true love/perpetual victim Alexis Davis had a chance to reconnect? As if knowing we were holding out hope, the show cruelly showed us Julian being zipped into a body bag. But hey, this is Port Charles, so you’ll forgive us if we allow just a tiny flicker of hope to burn on in our hearts.
So rocked were we when Maxie Jones’ sis was murdered by the Text-Message Killer that, were we not so dang addicted to our iPhones, we’d have thrown ours away in her honor. If there’s any comfort to be had where Georgie’s death is concerned, it’s that had she not been taken from us, Emma Scorpio might never have been born. Why? Because Anna’s granddaughter was conceived when a grief-stricken Robin turned to Patrick for comfort.
No, that’s not Port Charles’ Livvie and Caleb. Nor is Port Charles’ Sam posing here with John McBain or Hamilton Finn, but rather a fellow bearing a striking resemblance to all of those men, Silas Clay. While much has been made of the fact that Nelle was the daughter of Nina Reeves, few have mentioned her dearly departed dad, Silas. Perhaps it’s best that Silas is no longer with us as, had he not been murdered by Nina’s maniacal mama, the poor guy would have to have dealt with not only Nelle’s demise but the murder of his other daughter, Kiki Jerome, as well!
David Henry Archer
Yes, yes, the cult leader known as Shiloh was a very bad man. But it’s not hard to imagine a world in which — had things gone differently — he could have been a productive member of society. Take away the sex rituals, blackmailing and tattooing, and some of the founding philosophies behind Dawn of Day’s teachings might have actually helped people. And yes, we may simply regret the loss to the canvas of a man as captivating as Shiloh’s handsome portrayer, Coby Ryan McLaughlin.
Lily Rivera Corinthos
To be clear, Lily Rivera was not the first, last or truest of Sonny Corinthos’ many loves. Their marriage was as arranged as her pregnancy would prove inconvenient. But had Lily not unintentionally put the “boom” in “clink-boom,” she — and the unborn child who died with her — might have sent Sonny’s life on an entirely different trajectory.
As beautiful as she was deadly, Faith Rosco spent most of her time in Port Charles either plotting to kill Sonny Corinthos or begging him not to off her. Of all the people who have tried to dethrone kingpin Sonny, Faith was perhaps one of the most serious threats, if only because the wannabe queenpin never met a line she wouldn’t happily cross.
It’s at this point in our journey that we take a moment to sadly acknowedge just how many Quartermaines we are mourning, the latest of whom was Alan and Monica’s adopted daughter. Like The Munsters‘ Marilyn, Emily was the one we looked to for normalcy in the chaos that was her family. Like Georgie Jones, Emily was a victim of the Text-Message Killer, leaving us to yet again curse the modern technology we can’t live without.
Michael Corinthos may have moved on from Abby Haver, but many viewers haven’t. Though first hired by Sam McCall to help Michael “gain experience” with a girl, the stripper with the proverbial heart of gold soon fell hard for the younger man. Ironically, it was his attempt to keep her safe from a serial abuser that resulted in Abby’s tragic demise when building materials fell off a crane in the city to which he’d sent her, crushing her skull.
They say that only the good die young, and that certainly was the case with Sonny’s faux cousin. During his far-too-short stint in Port Charles, Dev became not only a much-loved member of Sonny’s extended family but a vital part of the local teen scene thanks to his friendships with Josslyn Jacks, Cameron Webber and Trina Robinson. We looked forward to watching this foursome’s adventures for years to come, only to wind up joining the remaining trio in mourning their loss.
We can sum up why Lulu Spencer’s former lover made this list in two words: Hot Dustin. There were so many things we’d yet to learn about the teacher on whom we all would have crushed in high school. Many viewers suspected that there was more to the seemingly good guy than met the eye, but all we know is that our eyes will sorely miss getting to focus on him each afternoon.
When Sonny’s half sister passed away, we comforted ourselves by saying, “Heaven must need another angel.” For surely a woman who not only chose the life of her unborn baby over her own and offered a deathbed absolution to the man who lied about that child’s paternity has earned her wings. What we didn’t realize was just how true our words were, as evidenced by the spiritual visits she’s paid to true love Nikolas (here, Tyler Christopher) and their son, Spencer, not to mention the heavenly escort she provided dad Mike Corbin upon his passing.