General Hospital star Stuart Damon has died at the age of 84.
Damon's son Christopher told ABC7's George Pennacchio that his father had been struggling with renal failure. Christopher also said that General Hospital "was his favorite place to be. He loved playing Alan and was always so appreciative of that role and that job. It was his passion."
The sad news was also confirmed by the daytime show's executive producer Frank Valentini. "On behalf of everyone at #GH, I want to extend my deepest condolences to Stuart Damon’s family and all who loved him. Stuart was an absolute legend of our industry and he’ll be sorely missed. @GeneralHospital," Valentini tweeted.
Damon joined the medical drama in 1977 where he played Dr. Alan Quartermaine until his character was killed off in 2007. The late actor still made appearances as a ghost throughout 2008. His character also returned in a dream sequence in 2011 before his final appearance in 2013 for the show's 50th anniversary.
He received seven Daytime Emmy nominations before taking one home in 1999 for Best Supporting Actor in General Hospital.
Costars, friends and fans took to social media to pay tribute.
"Broken hearted to hear of the passing of Stuart Damon. He played my adopted dad on General Hospital for 7 years and he was the most kind, wonderful, loving, supportive person. He always made me laugh and made me feel safe on set. I love you, Stewy. Rest well now, my friend," Amber Tamblyn tweeted.
"God Bless you #StuartDamon You are and always will be so very special to all of us who were lucky to work + play with you over the years. You will be missed but never forgotten. Your spirit will shine eternally in heaven," Jackie Zeman wrote. "We have shared so many good times over the years. God Bless #StuartDamon."
Throughout his 50 years in show business, Damon appeared on Broadway, films and other TV shows. He began his career in 1965 when he played the prince in Cinderella opposite Lesley Ann Warren. He also starred in The Champions, Space: 1999, As the World Turns, Days of Our Lives, Diagnosis Murder, Hotel, The New Mike Hammer, Strong Medicine and more.