It was hard enough for actor Maurice Benard to have to play out the scenes of Sonny Corinthos losing his beloved father Mike on General Hospital, but now the Daytime Emmy-winning star has revealed that his real-life father has passed away.
Maurice Benard Pays Tribute
The actor shared the news with his Instagram followers, posting video and pictures to remember his father. “As I lay here with a heavy heart but no anxiety,🙏🏽Knowing I will never see my hero again,” Benard wrote. “My dad was one of a kind no one like him, those who knew him know what I’m talking about.”
And thanks to his many social media posts, Benard’s fans and followers felt like they did know his father, Humberto Morales. They certainly knew he loved to watch his son on General Hospital — and he didn’t like it when Sonny’s wife Carly Corinthos (Laura Wright) looked too chummy with her BFF, Jason Morgan (Steve Burton). But there was so much more to say about him — and Benard wanted fans to know. “When I was a little boy I wanted to be him,” he revealed.
“My dad always said in Spanish what’s going to happen it’s gonna happen don’t worry,” Benard added. “Say hi to everybody DAD maybe you can even sing a song with Frank Sinatra.”
Condolences from co-stars past and present, as well other friends in the industry came pouring into the comments section, including his onscreen wife, Wright: “Big love my friend xoxoxox. My thoughts and heart are with you ❤️”
Eden McCoy (Josslyn Jacks) also shared her thoughts: “oh Maurice i’m sending you every bit of my heart right now. love you and i’m so sorry,” while current Young and the Restless star Jason Thompson (Billy; ex-Patrick, GH) wrote, “Oh Mo. I’m sorry to hear this. It was always a pleasure being round your dad. He was hilarious!! Light and love to your mother, you and your family.” Soap Hub also sends our deepest condolences to Maurice Benard and his family during this difficult time.
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