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‘General Hospital' and ‘Beverly Hills, 90210' Star John Reilly Dead at 84

John Reilly, who starred on "General Hospital" for 11 years and appeared on "Beverly Hills, 90210," has died at 84, his daughter Caitlin Reilly confirmed on social media

In this April 27, 2006, file photo, actor John Reilly attends NBC's "Days of Our Lives" and "Passions" pre-Emmy party at French 75 Bistro in Burbank, California.
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Soap opera actor John Reilly has died at age 84. His daughter, comedian and TikTok star Caitlin Reilly, confirmed the sad news on Instagram in a sweet tribute post to her late father.

"John Henry Matthew Reilly AKA Jack. The brightest light in the world has gone out. Imagine the best person in the world. Now imagine that person being your dad. I'm so grateful he was mine. I'm so grateful I got to love him. I'm so grateful I made it in time to hold him and say goodbye," Caitlin wrote in the caption of a photo of her and her dad. "I honestly don't know what I'm going to do, but I know he'll be with me. I love you forever Daddy."

Reilly began a prolific TV career in the '70s, where he guest starred on shows like "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Wonder Woman" and "How the West Was Won." Beginning in 1984, he starred on "General Hospital" as WSB agent Sean Donely. In 1994, he left the show after choosing not to renew his contract, according to People.

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Following his time on "General Hospital," he appeared as Del Douglas on "Sunset Beach" and Alistair Crane on "Passions."

He also went on to act alongside Jennie Garth on "Beverly Hills, 90210" as Kelly Taylor's father.

Reilly returned to his soap opera roots to appear as his character on "General Hospital: Night Shift" in 2013. He also appeared on the Emmy Award-nominated Amazon Prime drama series "The Bay" in 2012.

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