Soaps.com regrets to report that former well-known story consultant and writer for The Bold and the Beautiful (2004 to 2009) and The Young and the Restless (1989-2009), Jerry Birn, passed away in his sleep on December 5 at the age of eighty-six.

December 5 also marked the date of Jerry and wife Patty Weaver Birn’s (Y&R’s ex-Gina Roma) 15th wedding anniversary. Fans will also remember Jerry’s daughter, Laura Bryan Birn, who played the longtime role of Lynne Bassett from 1988 to 2004. Soaps.com sends our deepest condolences to Patty, Laura and the rest of Jerry’s family and friends.

There will be a memorial service held in January 2010, and The Bold and the Beautiful Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley Bell had this to say about his close friend… “Jerry was a close personal friend of mine and the best man at my parent’s wedding. He has been and always will be an important part of our lives, our shows, and our family. He had a zest for life and lived his gloriously. A true ad man and writer, Jerry loved everyone and everything at Y&R and B&B, and was very proud to be a beloved member of our shows. Jerry’s quick-wit and vibrant sense of humor will continue to resonate in our hallways, on our stages, and in our hearts. He is already greatly missed.”