The Young and the Restless star’s cause of death has been confirmed.
Billy Miller, 43, was a Daytime Emmy-winning star who was best known for his roles in numerous US soap dramas.
After appearing in the long-running show All My Children from 2007 to 2008, Miller went on to appear in The Young and the Restless before joining General Hospital as twin characters Jason Morgan and Drew Cain from 2014 to 2019.
Soap opera journalist Michael Fairman shared the saddening news that Miller had passed away on Friday in his home in Austin, Texas.
The actor’s cause of death has now been disclosed.
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In a statement shared by Miller’s mother, Patricia, to Soap Opera Digest, it is devastatingly revealed that he committed suicide after a ‘valiant battle with bipolar depression’.
The statement reads: “I want to personally thank the many fans and personal friends for the overwhelming amount of love, prayers and condolences sent to me and my family on the devastating death of my beautiful son BJ — Billy Miller.
“He fought a long hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years. He did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, his friends and his fans but in the end, the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life.
“The other causes of death being told are not true. I wish they were but they just aren’t. We all loved him so much and are desperately trying to deal with our loss.
“I will have nothing further to say. Thanks for the love and support.”
According to Mayo Clinic, bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs and lows.
It is a lifelong condition that can be managed with a treatment plan.
People and those who knew Miller have taken to social media to pay tribute to him.
One person tweets: “Very sad to hear about Billy Miller, I so enjoyed his time on General Hospital. He was a really good guy and funny and kind to all! RIP Billy.”
Another adds: “Sad indeed. Enjoyed his performances. Much too young to be gone.”
Someone else shares: “Billy Miller was a talented man with a heart of gold and always lit up the scene with amazing performances. He will be sorely missed. Our deepest sympathies to his family and all who loved him.”
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Actor and film producer Gabriel Macht has also paid tribute, penning: “RIP my TV bro Billy Miller, I am touched by your thoughtfulness, your authentic honest approach to your art, your kind nature and big smile that lit us all.
“May your memory always be a blessing to your mother, your sister and her children. And to so many you’ve touched. Peace and love.”
Days Of Our Lives star Eileen Davidson followed on, writing: “I’m so sad to hear of Billy Miller’s passing. His infectious charm and warmth left lasting impressions on all of us who were lucky enough to have him in our lives. I’m gonna miss that mischievous smile. Love you, Billy.”
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the US at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
In the UK, the Samaritans is available 24/7 if you need to talk. You can contact them for free by calling 116 123, emailing [email protected] or heading to the website to find your nearest branch.