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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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    Emilia Clarke-Penned Comic M.O.M.: Mother of Madness Revealed

    Emilia Clarke-penned comic M.O.M.: Mother of Madness revealedAs if the four-time Emmy nominee joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Disney+’s Secret Invasion series weren’t enough, Emilia Clarke is expanding her comic book resume as Entertainment Weekly has revealed a new comic book, M.O.M.: Mother of Madness, co-authored by the Game of Thrones alum!RELATED: Emilia Clarke Enters the MCU for Disney+’s Secret Invasion!Co-written by Clarke and writer Marguerite Bennett, the three-issue Image Comics miniseries centers on Maya, a single mom who learns she possesses incredible superpowers and decides to use them to take on a secret cabal of human traffickers.“We’re always calling mothers superheroes, and I’m like, ‘What if they were? What if they legitimately were superheroes?‘” Clarke said. “Maya has had a very hard life, and she finds herself in a place where everything that makes her unique, she hates and is ashamed about. It’s only in the discovery of her powers that she finds her true acceptance of who she is.”The 34-year-old actress describes the tone of the comic similar to Rob Liefeld’s iconic Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool, with a “lot of silliness” and tongue-in-cheek humor that also explores the current feminist sensibility in “an extreme genre-bending atmosphere,” though she is keeping mum on the exact powers of her titular hero.“There’s many, many things that she can do that are pretty cool. She can do a lot of stuff at certain moments in her month,” Clarke said with a laugh. “She can do all of these wicked things, but they all come from the fact that she is a woman who has a menstrual cycle. I thought it would be cool to have all the things that women don’t like about themselves, flip that, and make those the things that make her superhuman.”In a desire to further expand the female voice in the comics world, Clarke put together an all-female creative team with co-writer Bennett, illustrator Leila Leiz, contributor Isobel Richardson and cover artist Jo Ratcliffe, while also designing the mask of Maya’s costume to be similar to the iconic balaclavas of Russian protest punk group Pussy Riot.(Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

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