Kelly Ripa Remembers Late ‘All My Children’ Costar John Callahan


Kelly Ripa is mourning the death of her friend and former costar, John Callahan.

John, who is best known for his role as Edmund Gray on the soap opera All My Children, died Saturday, March 28 at the age of 66. News broke with the Daytime Emmy’s shared the news via Twitter.

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We’re devastated to share that John Callahan passed away earlier today. Sending our deepest condolences to Eva La Rue and all his loved ones,” the Tweet read. 

Eva LaRue, who also starred on All My Children as Dr. Maria Stantos, was married to John in 1996 until their divorce on 2005. The couple shared a child, Kaya McKenna, who is 18-years-old.  Callahan also starred on other soap opera including as Leo Russell on General Hospital (1984 to 1985)  Eric Stavros on Falcon Crest (1986 to 1988), Craig Hunt on  Santa Barbara (1989 to 1991) and Dr. Richard Baker on Days of Our Lives (2008-2010).

Kelly, who starred on All My Children with Callahan, portrayed Hayley Vaughan from 1990-2002. She addressed her friends death on her talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan on Monday morning (March 30).

“I had a really a bad weekend this weekend,” Kelly said on the show. “A very dear friend of mine for many, many years, almost 30 years, passed away over the weekend. He was a great actor, a really good friend. One of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He was the ex-husband of my first-born son’s godmother, Eva LaRue. His name was John Callahan. He was 66 years old—way too young to be taken from us.”

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She continued, “A gentleman of, I mean, Ryan, you two would have loved each other. He would say the funniest things and we were all going through our brains about all of the funny, like the funny Callahan-isms over the years. He was just one of these guys and you know and he just died way too soon. His daughter and my daughter are good friends, they’re the same age and I just want everyone to know, Eva and Kaya, that we are thinking of you and we are just so sad and so devastated. So, I apologize in advance if I seem out of it. I really actually am, I’m terribly out of it. You know, forgive me for it.”

At the time news broke, Kelly had no words for the loss, taking to Instagram to share a photo of John and his ex-wife Eva LaRue.

“Because there are no words, all i can muster is Rest In Peace #johncallahan My heart breaks for you @evalarue and @kaya_callahan 💔💔💔💔💔.”

Out hearts are with everyone affected by John’s death.