Mom of Soap Opera Star Shares Statement on His Death

Billy Miller was known for 'The Young and the Restless,' 'General Hospital'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2023 3:29 AM CDT
Updated Sep 19, 2023 12:25 AM CDT
Daytime Emmy-Winning Soap Opera Star Dead at 43
In this 2014 file photo, actor Billy Miller poses in the press room with the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for “The Young and the Restless” at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
UPDATE Sep 19, 2023 12:25 AM CDT

Billy Miller's mother shared a statement on social media Monday concerning the actor's death at age 43. Her son, whom she refers to as BJ, "fought a long hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years," she wrote, and while he "did everything he could to control the disease" and "loved his family, his friends and his fans," she said, "in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life." She gave no further details other than to clarify that any other rumored causes of death being reported are not accurate.

Sep 18, 2023 3:29 AM CDT

Billy Miller, who won three Daytime Emmys during his six years starring on The Young and the Restless, died Friday, just two days before he would have turned 44. The soap opera star, who began his career as a model before going on to act in All My Children, joined The Young and the Restless in 2008 and left in 2014 for General Hospital, where he was a regular until 2019, Deadline reports. He also starred in five episodes of Suits and appeared on shows including NCIS, The Rookie, Ray Donovan, Truth Be Told, Major Crimes, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Castle, and Enormous and movies including American Sniper and Urban Cowboy, Variety reports.

No cause of death or other details have been revealed about Miller's death in Austin, Texas, but his manager confirmed the news in a statement that noted, "The actor was struggling with manic depression when he died." The statement also notes those wanting to donate in Miller's memory can do so to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. In childhood, Miller, who was raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, struggled with Tarsal coalition, a rare condition affecting the cartilage in his ankles. He is survived by his mother, sister, brother-in-law, and a niece and nephew. (More obituary stories.)

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