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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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    Marvel’s Avengers Red Room Takeover Event Spotlights Black Widow

    Square Enix is bringing a new game event to Marvel’s Avengers called Red Room Takeover. It will take place between May 20 to May 31.In the all-new single-player event, Agent James “Jimmy” Woo has uncovered several anomalies within the HARM Room, the virtual training simulator the Avengers use to practice and master their abilities. These anomalies are linked to an unknown computer virus, courtesy of Rooskaya Protocols. Along with the virus are encrypted messages sent by Yelena Belova.RELATED: Marvel Sets Directors for Secret Invasion Disney+ SeriesThere are five different hacked HARM Rooms, all of which are single-player only. According to the recent post by Square Enix, this decision was made because the rooms “require agility and a keen sense of one’s surroundings that may be interrupted by having a team.” Some of the obstacles you’ll have to overcome include Techno Lava, which instantly kills heroes and enemies, and Red Lightning, a more powerful version of AIM’s blue lightning. Each room will scale from Power Level 1 to 120. New mission chains will also be available.Playing the new Marvel’s Avengers Red Room Takeover event and mission chains will earn you an animated nameplate, tons of experience, and new outfits for all heroes.The event also serves as an introduction to the game’s new Champion System. Before the update, if you reached the level 50 level cap with a hero, XP becomes useless. The new Champion System allows you to continue improving your level 50 characters with Champion XP helps increase your Champion Level. Whenever you gain a Champion Level, you earn Champion Skill Points which unlock Champion Skills. These skills can range from Perk chance activation to Heroic charge rate.RELATED: Disney+’s Ms. Marvel Wraps Production in ThailandFor those wondering, as of right now, you will not be able to re-spec your Champion Skills just yet. It does seem that feature will be available in the future, but make sure to choose where you allocate your skill points carefully for now.Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics is also introducing Hero’s Catalysts to Marvel’s Avengers which increases the amount of XP you earn. They will occasionally be available on the game’s Marketplace for free. The developer also states that they are looking for other ways to earn Hero’s Catalysts.Marvel’s Avengers is available now for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, PC via Steam, and Stadia.Check out the Red Room Takeover trailer below:

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