In the past few months Days of Our Lives has resurrected not one, but two deceased members of the DiMera family – Tony and Kristen. And were it not for the untimely death of actor Joseph Mascolo, there is very little doubt their papa, Stefano DiMera, would have been next in line for a rebirth.
Nobody but nobody has died as many times or in as spectacular ways as the pugnacious family patriarch. In fact, no one in soap opera history has met the Grim Reaper and escaped more times than Stefano. The grandmaster of death even survived fire – the great cleanser – on two separate occasions.
But red-hot flames weren’t the only device Stefano had to dodge. He’s been shot, crushed under rubble, and outlived two inoperable brain tumors. Just exactly how many of Stefano’s death-defying stunts do you remember?
All In Your Mind
While sitting in his jail cell – for crimes including the kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment of Marlena Brady and Liz DiMera – and conversing with his daughter Renee, Stefano suffered – or at least appeared to suffer – a stroke. He was rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead in the emergency room.
Stefano’s first brush with death was a fake-out that was staged with the help of his nephew Andre and future murder victim Kelly Chase. Stefano met his next supposed end when the car in which he was riding crashed through a bridge’s guard rail and into the icy waters of the Salem River.
Stefano was revealed to be alive but not very well. In the interim, he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and his only hope of a miracle cure lay within microscopic writings etched onto three highly prized prisms. One of the prisms was a highly volatile gem that had to be kept cold at all times, least it activate the tiny bomb hidden inside.
Said gem wound up falling onto an ice rink and setting the floor ablaze while Stefano was confronted by Marlena on a catwalk stretching high above the blazing inferno. Having just had her twin babies rescued from the madman’s clutches, a desperate Marlena produced a handgun and shot Stefano. The bullet’s force propelled Stefano backward and he plunged into the fire below.
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