Several reliable sources have confirmed the passing of Billy Miller, known for his role in “General Hospital,” on Friday, September 15. The acclaimed actor was just two days shy of his 44th birthday at the time. Although the exact cause of his demise remains undisclosed, there are circulating speculations regarding two potential explanations.
In 2007, Billy Miller embarked on his journey in daytime television, initially joining the cast of “All My Children” as Ritchie Novak. Two years later, he transitioned to “The Young and the Restless,” where he assumed the iconic character Billy Abbott. His outstanding portrayal earned him recognition with two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Male Actor and an additional one for Outstanding Lead Actor.
In 2014, he made another transition in his career by stepping into the shoes of Steve Burton as he assumed the character of Jason Morgan/Drew Cain in “General Hospital.” He continued in this role until 2019. Additionally, Billy Miller showcased his talent in various other television series, including “Ray Donovan,” “Suits,” “Major Crimes,” “Ringer,” “Justified,” “CSI: NY,” and “Truth Be Told.”
According to a report from We Got This Covered, Billy Miller had been grappling with two significant health issues at the time of his passing. Confirmation of the actor’s demise was received by Deadline through soap opera journalist Michael Fairman, who refrained from specifying the exact cause but did mention that the late actor had been dealing with bipolar disorder.
The National Institutes of Health defines this condition, now commonly referred to as bipolar disorder, as a condition characterized by fluctuating episodes of mania and depression. These severe mood swings between extreme highs and lows can potentially lead to thoughts of self-harm. Experts have suggested that individuals in the entertainment industry, such as Robin Williams and Naomi Judd, may have faced similar struggles with this challenging mental health disorder.
Additionally, it has been claimed that Miller had progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare degenerative disease related to Parkinson’s. There is no cure, and it often advances rapidly, leading to incapacity within three to five years.
In addition to having trouble moving and speaking regularly, those who have this disorder may also struggle with depression and go through mood or behavior changes. There is no proof that either illness contributed to Miller’s demise.