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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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    Report: Horizon Forbidden West Delayed Until 2022

    The delays just keep coming. After hesitating to give a date for this year, it appears as though Sony has delayed Guerrilla Games’ PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 open-world RPG Horizon Forbidden West until the first quarter of 2022.This rumored delay comes from a Bloomberg report that was corroborating an earlier report from GamesBeat report Jeff Grubb during his weekly premium show on Giant Bomb called GrubbSnax. Both allege that Sony has pushed the game out of 2021. Sony and Guerrilla have not officially commented. However, Grubb stated that Sony might have a State of Play in September to speak about it. And according to Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, this decision was made “a little while ago.”RELATED: PS5 Firmware Beta Reveals Wealth of New FeaturesHowever, this reported delay is not too surprising, given what Sony stated in June. Head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst candidly said in a Q&A that its release date was still in flux.“For Horizon, we think we are on track to release this holiday season,” he admitted. “But that isn’t quite certain yet, and we’re working as hard as we can to confirm that to you as soon as we can.”RELATED: Death Stranding: Director’s Cut Release Date, New Features RevealedThat same Q&A revealed the God of War sequel (which will likely be called God of War: Ragnarok) would release in 2022. Given all the rampant delays of games like Rainbow Six Extraction, Riders Republic, Skull & Bones, the Prince of Persia remake, and Kena: Bridge of Spirits, just to name a few, a later release date would make more sense. COVID’s impact on game development continues to ripple across the industry, after all.

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