David Gail, the soap opera star who consistently delivered compelling performances on hit series like “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and the the “General Hospital” spinoff “Port Charles,” has died at 58, the New York Post reports.
While Gail’s cause of death is unknown, his sister Katie Colmenares confirmed the star’s passing in an Instagram post Sunday night.
“There’s barely been even a day in my life when you were not with me by my side,” she wrote.
“Always my wingman, always my best friend ready to face anything and anyone w me the bears will never be the same but I will hold you so tight every day in my heart you gorgeous loving amazing fierce human being missing you every second of every day forever there will never be another.”
Reps for Gail and ABC have so far been silent on his death.
Peter Ferriero, one of the “90210” producers who hosts a podcast for fans of the show, confirmed Gail’s passing in an earlier post but said he wouldn’t be sharing further details out of respect for his family.
— New York Post (@nypost) January 21, 2024
“For those that have contacted me ‘Why is this not showing up on Google?’ Please stop,” Ferriero wrote in an Instagram Story on Saturday. “The family will report it at the appropriate time to them. I am sharing what I’ve been told to make sure his fans know what has happened. Thank you.”
For eight episodes, Gail held his own as Stuart Carson, the live-in fiancé of Shannon Doherty’s Brenda Walsh. In 1999 he was the second actor to portray Dr. Joe Scanlon in “Port Charles,” one of the love interests to a main character of the show, Dr. Karen Wexler.
Through the 1990s Gail became a staple of American television side characters, appearing in 22 episodes of “Robin’s Hoods” throughout 1994 and 1995 as the character Eddie Bartlett. He also appeared in 34 episodes of “Savannah” as Dean Collins. After originally being rejected as too “green” for a role, Gail retold fans on the “90210” podcast, he returned two years later for Season 4, chiseling himself into the tall, dark, and handsome fiancé whose wedding plans with Doherty’s character ultimately fall apart.