This past Saturday would have marked the late Tyler Christopher’s 51st birthday. In recognition of the day, one of the actor’s closet friends shared a most moving tribute.
Tyler Christopher’s Friend Speaks Out
“I have been thinking about what to write since Tyler passed on October 31, 2023,” explained April G, adding, “As his designated ‘Legacy with FB/Insta, I wanted the last post to be about the Tyler I knew. His birthday seems the perfect time to do that.
“I have never posted a picture of us together until today. That was intentional,” she continued. “Our friendship existed within a safe bubble of sobriety and mental health support without the distraction of social media. I posted a lot of him because I wanted his estranged family and friends to know he was ok. I never wanted to capitalize on his fame, that had happened far too much in his life. Tyler was the friend I never knew I needed & now I am struggling to live without.
“Tyler was the sweetest soul you could ever meet. Tyler moved to San Diego to write his book. I was his only friend here and we saw each other almost every day. Tyler took great pride in decorating the apartment he loved. We walked our dogs most days around Balboa Park. He adored Tanka. He loved Farmer’s Markets, museums & movies. He collected used James Dean books & art. He was grateful, always thanking me for any small act of kindness.”
April confided that, “There were relapses,” and explained, “when that happened I would stay by his side and repeat to him ‘You are worthy of love, being healthy, your career and you are worthy of every second I spend supporting your sobriety.’ He called it my alcoholic exorcism. He loved the relationship I had with his father who constantly expressed his gratitude for me. He loved his children and looked forward to his visits. He loved to work and appreciated every opportunity that came his way — money did not matter — he wanted to act & we just made it work. He had a good life here but he was lonely. He was thrilled to have gone to NY for a fan event & was looking forward to the next one in Chicago.”
April concluded her stunning tribute with, “My heart is broken. I miss my friend. I want him to have peace. I was blessed to have been such a big part of his life & it was an honor to be called his best friend for the past 3 years.”
In addition to the plethora of comforting comments from the General Hospital and Days of our Lives fandoms and admirers of the late actor, several of his former costars dropped a message.
Among them was Wally Kurth (Ned Quartermaine, GH; Justin, DAYS) who penned, “Thank you for sharing this. My heart goes out to you. And thank you for being Tyler’s friend down there. We all loved him. 🙏❤️” while Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix Dubois, GH) who no doubt summed up many posts with a simple heart emoji.
Soap Hub sends its sincere condolences to April G, Tyler Christopher’s family, beloved friends, and fans during these difficult times.