Billy Miller ‘surrendered his life’ after a long ‘battle with bipolar depression’.
The General Hospital actor passed away on Friday, with the news confirmed on Sunday, which would have been Miller’s 44th birthday.
His mother, Patricia Miller, has now shared a statement to share gratitude for the support from fans, and to speak about his passing.
‘I want to personally thank the many fans & personal friends for the overwhelming amount of love, prayers & condolences sent to me and my family on the devastating death of my beautiful son BJ — Billy Miller.’
She continued to The Soap Opera Digest: ‘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.’
She concluded: ‘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.’
As well as playing Drew Cain on ABC’s General Hospital, Miller was also well-known for his role as Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless.
His other credits include an episode of CSI: NY, All My Children, Ringer and Suits, which starred Meghan Markle, where he played the role of Marcus Specter across four episodes.
He won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award at the Emmys in 2010 and 2013. In 2014, Miller scooped up the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy for the same role in The Young and the Restless.
Miller is survived by his mother Patricia and sister Megan.
Tributes have poured in for the loved actor, including Selling Sunset star and Miller’s All My Children co-star, Chrishell Stause, who shared a throwback photo of the pair embracing on a red carpet.
For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
If you’re a young person, or concerned about a young person, you can also contact PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide UK. Their HOPELINK digital support platform is open 24/7, or you can call 0800 068 4141, text 07860039967 or email: [email protected] between the hours of 9am and midnight.
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