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Days of Our Lives SHOCKER: David Banning Dies!

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It’s been decades since we’ve seen him, but longtime Days of Our Lives fans can hardly forget David Banning, Julie’s beloved son last played by Greg Marx in the 1980s.

Well, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) is in for quite a shock next week when she learns her son and only child is dead, according to the February 20 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Julie learns this devastating information from her grandson, Scott (last played by General Hospital’s Rick Hearst) and skips over the disbelief part of grieving and enters the hysterical part.

That’s happens often when losing a child and Julie’s guilt at how far they’d grown apart eats away at her. She had planned to call him and then loses that chance forever.

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Killing off Julie’s only child who the audience hasn’t seen in years seems odd, but it looks like it’s about to pave the way for the character to have a whole new story. Valerie’s (Vanessa Williams) son is about to arrive in town, and we assume learning David died prompts Val to reveal the truth–that her son, Eli, is David’s son, and therefore Julie’s grandson.

Still, Julie will have to deal with her grief next week as nobody can replace a child. Even with Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Doug (Bill Hayes) rallying around her, the character seems inconsolable.

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