Soap opera actor Jay Pickett has died unexpectedly at the age of 60 while on the set of his upcoming film, Treasure Valley. Travis Mills, the film's producer and director confirmed the news.
Many of you may have heard about the tragic events that occurred two days ago. Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene," Mills posted on the film's Facebook page on Sunday. Although there is no official cause of death, it seems like he died from a heart attack. Everybody tried their best to save him. We are devastated and grieve for his loved ones.
Mills stated Pickett was an "incredible" man who was "kind and sweet and generous."
"He was one the most talented actors I have ever worked with, and it was an honor working with him. Everybody who had the chance to meet him could feel his warmth and his amazing spirit, even if only for a moment. Mills said that it is hard to find the right words to express more. His closest friends said that he was happy creating Treasure Valley, and I hope that this is true. He loved what he did: acting, riding horses and making movies. He was a marvel."
One of Pickett's Treasure Valley co-stars, Jim Heffel, said in a separate Facebook post that he "lost a good friend and the world lost a great person."
Heffel wrote that Jay Pickett wanted to ride off into Heaven. Heffel wrote that Jay died while riding a horse to tie a steer in Treasure Valley, Idaho. This is the way of a cowboy. Jay was the writer and star of the story. Vernon Walker and I were also coproducers. He will be greatly missed. "Ride like the wind with your partner."
Pickett was born in Spokane on February 10, 1961. He began his acting career in 1980s, appearing on TV series such as Rags to Riches or China Beach. His roles include Frank Scanlon, Dr. Chip Lakin, Detective David Harper, and Dr. Chip Lakin, all on Days of Our Lives.