Tuesday, August 3, 2021

General Hospital Actor Jay Pickett DIES on Film Set

Actor Jay Pickett, best known for his work on such daytime soap operas as General Hospital and Port Charles, died last week in Idaho while acting in a western he co-wrote, Treasure Valley. He was 60 years old. At the time of this writing, Pickett’s cause of death has not been released, but the film’s director Travis Mills believes that the longtime actor suffered a heart attack while sitting on a horse.“Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack,” Mills wrote in an emotional Facebook post. “Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”Mills went on to say that Pickett was “an incredible man” who was “kind, sweet, and generous” to all those who collaborated with him. “It is difficult to find the words right now to say more,” he added. “His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”Pickett’s co-star, Jim Heffel, provided more insight into his death with a Facebook post of his own. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also co-producer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind partner,” he wrote.Jay Pickett appeared on such 80s classics like China Beach, Mr. Belvedere, Jake and the Fatman, and Matlock before transitioning into daytime soaps. Later in his career, Picket made several guest spots on such shows as Dexter, The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles, Rosewood, and Queen Sugar. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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    The newest Paladins update brings plenty of new content for players to enjoy, including our first ever crossover featuring the hit Rooster Teeth show “Gen:Lock!”

    For this patch, the Event Pass has been transformed into a Crossover Pass, increasing the number of reward levels and including five new premium skins based on iconic heroes from the show. The dagger-throwing Maeve becomes snarky technophile Cammie while the deadly sword-swinging Zhin takes on a rebellious streak as Kazu. Cocky sniper Kinessa transforms into the elite crackshot Valentina and headhunting lawman Lex becomes the formidable Yasamin. Finally, the battle hardened Viktor suits up as team leader Chase, completing the Gen:Lock roster.


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    In addition to all this content, the Gen:Lock patch also features Paladins’ landmark 50th champion, the Leipori mage Rei. Scholar of House Aico and trusty right-hand woman to Lian, Rei is a support champion that isn’t afraid to be at the frontlines with her allies, ready to keep them safe and sound. Rei’s core gameplay revolves around her Spirit Link ability, which allows her to tether a persistent stream of magic to an ally or an enemy. However, players will need to be mindful of their positioning, as the link will break if they get too far from their target.


    Linking to an enemy will cause them to take damage over time and reduce their movement speed, while linking to an ally will cause them to heal and generate ultimate charge over time. Rei’s alt-fire heals an ally before bouncing to other nearby allies, giving a greater healing bonus if one is tethered to Rei. Rei’s Envelop ability will limit the damage both herself and her linked ally can take for a brief time and grant a movement bonus, perfect for getting out of or into the fray. Rei’s ultimate ability is Vivify, which makes her linked ally invulnerable for a short period before applying a powerful heal to both the ally and herself when the effect is over.

    The Paladins team is excited to hit such a huge milestone for the game, but we haven’t stopped there. This patch also features the return of the Bounty Store with a fresh coat of paint. Players will earn Bounty Coins from playing Paladins and watching Twitch streams and can use those coins to purchase from a rotating selection of limited quantity skins and other items like XP Boosts. The Gen:Lock patch also features balance changes, new Limited Time Modes, and more! Let the good times roll with the Gen:Lock Paladins update, available now for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S!


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