Billy Miller’s mother is setting the record straight about the circumstances surrounding her son’s tragic death.
As we reported Sunday, the Daytime Emmy winning Young and the Restless and General Hospital actor died on Sept. 15 following a lengthy battle with manic depression. He was 43.
In a statement to Soap Opera Digest, Patricia Miller said, “I want to personally thank the many fans and personal friends for the overwhelming amount of love, prayers and condolences sent to me and my family on the devastating death of my beautiful son BJ — Billy Miller. He fought a long hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years. He did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, his friends and his fans but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life. The other causes of death being told are not true. I wish they were but they just aren’t. We all loved him so much and are desperately trying to deal with our loss. I will have nothing further to say. Thanks for the love and support.”
Miller burst into the soap world in 2007 when he joined the cast of All My Children as Richie Novak. A two-year stint on the ABC soap paved the way for his breakout role as Young and the Restless‘ Billy Abbott. He was the fourth actor to play Billy on CBS’ top-rated drama but he more than made the role his own. To wit, during his six years on the show (2008-14), he won three Daytime Emmys (two for Outstanding Supporting Actor and one for Outstanding Lead Actor).
In 2014, Miller jumped to General Hospital, where he took over the role of Jason Morgan/Drew Cain from Steve Burton. He left the ABC soap in 2019.
“I am devastated to hear news of the incredibly talented Billy Miller’s passing,” GH’s executive producer Frank Valentini posted on X (fka Twitter) late Sunday. “On behalf of the entire [General Hospital] family, our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Miller’s primetime credits included guest stints on CSI: NY, Justified, Ringer, Major Crimes, Suits and Ray Donovan. He also recurred in the first season of the Apple TV+ drama Truth Be Told as the husband of Lizzy Caplan’s Lanie.
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