“The Young and the Restless” and “General Hospital” actor Billy Miller has died at the age of 43

Actor Billy Miller, who delighted soap opera fans for years with his portrayal of Billy Abbott on “The Young and the Restless,” has died. He was 43.

Miller’s manager confirmed the news of his death in a statement to TODAY.com, adding that September 17 would have been his 44th birthday.

“Emmy Award-winning actor Billy Miller died on September 15, 2023 in Austin, Texas. “The actor was struggling with manic depression at the time of his death,” the statement said. A cause of death was not given.

Soap opera fans saw Miller get his start as Richie Novak on All My Children in 2007. He stayed on the show for a year before joining the cast of The Young and the Restless.

For his role as the ruthless playboy Billy Abbott, he won three Daytime Emmys – in 2010, 2013 and 2014. He remained on the CBS soap opera until 2014 and appeared in 719 episodes.

Miller then moved to General Hospital as Jason Morgan/Drew Cain, which earned him another Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2018.

He left the ABC series in 2019 after 592 episodes.

In addition to his soap opera career, Miller appeared in the Oscar-nominated film American Sniper (2014) and also had recurring roles on Suits, Ray Donovan and Truth Be Told.

His most recent role was a guest appearance on “NCIS” in 2022, according to IMDb.

Miller was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas, Austin before moving to Los Angeles. There he decided to become an actor and booked several commercials before being cast on All My Children.

The actor is survived by his mother Patricia, his sister Megan, his brother-in-law Ronnie, his nephew Grayson and his niece Charley.

The statement also said that Miller “leaves behind many friends and colleagues who will miss his warm personality, generous spirit and genuine kindness.”

Following his death, Miller’s former soap opera co-stars paid tribute to the actor.

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” alum and “The Young and the Restless” star Eileen Davidson shared a photo of her and Miller smiling next to each other as they both posed with their Emmys.

“I am so sad to hear of the passing of Billy Miller,” she said wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “His infectious charm and warmth left a lasting impression on all of us who were fortunate enough to have him in our lives.”

The “Days of Our Lives” actor continued, “I’m going to miss that mischievous smile. I love you, Billy.”

“The Young and the Restless” alum Michael Muhney, who appeared with Miller on the soap and “Truth Be Told,” said, “Billy, my fellow Texan. You lit up every room with your smile. Her quiet intensity on screen was only surpassed by her gentle kindness and genuine caring in private.”

He included a photo of them on an episode of the CBS soap opera in his post.

Actor Jason Thompson, who starred on “General Hospital” from 2005 to 2016 before taking on the role of Billy Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” in 2016, Dear Milleras well as.

He tweeted: “I’m so sorry and sad to hear about my friend Billy Miller. Heartbreaking. He was funny, had a lot of laughs and was very talented. Light and love to his family and friends.”

Brian Ashcraft

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