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Celebrity Deaths of 2024: Two Beloved Soap Stars Die Within The Same Week

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It’s never easy when a beloved celebrity dies, and already in 2024, we’ve seen some greats pass on.

It was especially difficult for soap opera stars this week after not one, but two well-loved stars were lost.

And both were so young.

((Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images))

All My Children actor Alec Musser died at the age of 50, on Jan. 12, 2024.

Alec’s fiancée, Paige Press announced his passing to shocked fans.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that Alec died by suicide after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Paige reportedly found him in their bathroom after the suicide.

David Gale, know for his work on Port Charles and 90210. (Getty Images / Handout)

Just a few days after that, David Gale, best known for his role as Dr. Joe Scanlon in the popular soap opera, Port Charles, passed away.

At just 58, the news was confirmed by his sister with a heartbreaking Instagram post. At the time, a cause of death was no immediately given.

Let’s also remember the other actors, singers and other celebrities who died in 2024.

Lynn Yamada Davis

Lynn Yamada Davis, the much beloved TikTok star behind the series Cooking with Lynja, has died. She was 67.

Davis died on Jan. 1 at Riverview Medical Center in New Jersey of cancer.

Lynn Davis attends the 2022 YouTube Streamy Awards at the Beverly Hilton on December 04, 2022. She passed away on January 1, 2024. ((Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for dick clark productions))

Her daughter, Hannah Mariko Shofet, confirmed her passing to  The New York Times.

Davis was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2019; two years later, her conditioned worsened. She was then diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

Davis was best known for her cooking videos. With the help of her son Tim, she started producing content during Covid-19 pandemic. Her big personality quickly became a hit with fans across all social media.

She leaves behind her four children and two grandchildren, plus leagues of fans who will undoubtedly miss her.

Christian Oliver

 Christian Oliver attends the Premiere Of Amazon Prime Video's "Hunters" at DGA Theater
 Christian Oliver attends the Premiere Of Amazon Prime Video’s “Hunters” at DGA Theater in 2020. ((Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images))

Hollywood actor Christian Oliver, best known for his roles in Indiana Jones, Speed Racer, and the beloved 90’s hits Baby-Sitters Club and Saved By The Bell: The New Class, was pronounced dead on January 4.

What makes the death so shocking is that both of his young daughters, age 10 and 12, also died.

Oliver, real name Christian Klepser, and his two young daughters were found dead following the recovery of four bodies from a plane crash off a Caribbean island on January 4, according to NBC News.

The star and his kids, Madita and Annik , were the only passengers flying aboard a small single-engine jet. The fourth person to perish was the pilot.

They were headed to St. Lucia after taking off from J.F. Mitchell Airport on the Grenadine island of Bequia. The girls’ mother Jessica, Oliver’s ex-wife, was not on-board at the time.

David Soul

David Soul, the American actor with his co-star Paul Michael Glaser in the long standing and very popular series of 'Starsky and Hutch', one of the first of 'New York Cops' series.
David Soul, the American actor with his co-star Paul Michael Glaser in the long standing and very popular series of ‘Starsky and Hutch’, one of the first of ‘New York Cops’ series. ((Photo by Keystone/Getty Images))

Actor David Soul, best known for his role in the TV series Starsky & Hutch, died at the age of 80. His wife Helen Snell announced his passing on January 4, 2023.

“He shared many extraordinary gifts in the world as actor, singer, storyteller, creative artist and dear friend.

“His smile, laughter and passion for life will be remembered by the many whose lives he has touched.”

Soul played Detective Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson alongside Paul Michael Glaser’s Starsky in the hit crime-solving TV series, which ran from 1975 to 1979.

Glynis Johns

Welsh actress Glynis Johns enters a taxi at London Airport, UK, 15th May 1966
‘Mary Poppins’ star Glynis Johns enters a taxi at London Airport on May 15, 1966. ((Photo by Daily Express/Getty Images))

Actress Glynis Johns, best known for her role as Mrs. Winifred Banks in the Disney classic Mary Poppins died at the age of 100.

Mitch Clem, her manager, told The Associated Press she died Thursday, January 4th, of natural causes at an assisted living home in Los Angeles.

“Today’s a sad day for Hollywood,” Clem said. “She is the last of the last of old Hollywood.”

Johns appeared in more than 60 movies, and had a celebrated career on the stage as well.

She originated the role of Desiree Armfelt in Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical “A Little Night Music” and won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her performance in 1973.

Celebrities Who Died in 2023

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Matthew Perry of the television show ‘The Kennedys – After Camelot’ speaks onstage during the REELZChannel portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Last year, a staggering number of beloved stars passed away. 

Movie icons like Ryan O’Neal and Michael Gambon died. Singing legends like Tony Bennett and Sinead O’Connor left us.

Finally, TV superstars like Andre Braugher, Paul Reubens, and the great Matthew Perry all passed away. 

Celebrity Deaths of 2024: Two Beloved Soap Stars Die Within The Same Week was originally published on The Hollywood Gossip.

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