John Callahan died at the age of 66, his ex-wife Eva LaRue announced on Instagram Saturday.
According to a representative for the actor,
Callahan died unexpectedly on the morning of Saturday, March 28, after he suffered a massive stroke at his Palm Desert, California home. On the morning of Friday, March 27, paramedics responded to a call and rushed the actor to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California where he was put on life support. Daughter Kaya Callahan and his ex-wife and former “AMC” co-star, Eva La Rue, were notified immediately and drove from Los Angeles to Rancho Mirage.
The rep notes that Callahan’s death is not related to COVID-19, “but due to the current hospital safety regulations, the younger Callahan and La Rue were able to see the actor for a limited time before having to exit the hospital. They were then notified of Callahan’s passing shortly after midnight by phone.”
In a statement, La Rue said, “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and an amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.”
John Callahan appeared on “Falcon Crest” from 1986 -1988 (seasons 5 to 7) as Peter Stavros's son Eric.
He also played Edmund Grey on “All My Chikdren” from 1992-2005 where he met La Rue, who played Dr. Maria Santos Grey on the soap. Their characters were dubbed one of daytime’s super couples. The actors later were married in real-life and welcomed their daughter, Kaya.
No information regarding a memorial service for Callahan has been made available and the family will issue no further comments at this time. The family has asked for privacy and appreciates all positive thoughts and prayers sent.