General Hospital's John Ingle Dead at 84

General Hospital's John Ingle Dead at 84

Soap fans are mourning the loss of one of General Hospital's most beloved stars.

Actor John Ingle, who played patriarch Edward Quartermaine for nearly two decades on the series, passed away Sunday at the age of 84, ABC confirmed in a statement Monday.

The actor "died surrounded by his family in California . . . after a courageous battle with cancer," the network shared. "Ingle last taped General Hospital this year, on August 24, and his final appearance aired September 11, fulfilling [his] wish to play Edward one last time. And with a simple 'I love you, too,' a thumbs up and a smile, we say goodbye to John Ingle's indelible depiction of Edward Quartermaine. His bigger than life portrayal will live on in the hearts of countless fans."

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"In our brief time working together, I have enjoyed getting to know a great man who embraced life, cherished what he did, and, most of all, loved his family," executive producer Frank Valentini added. "He is already truly missed by the General Hospital family."

The Tulsa, Oklahoma-born Ingle joined the cast of the ABC soap in 1993; prior to landing his role on General Hospital, Ingle taught drama for more than three decades at both Hollywood and Beverly Hills High Schools. (Over the years, his students included Albert Brooks, Nicholas Cage, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Gleason, Barbara Hershey, Swoosie Kurtz, Stefanie Powers, David Schwimmer and Jonathan Silverman.)

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Ingle is survived by his five daughters, Jessica, Jenny, Carey, Melanie and Chrissy, as well as nine grandchildren. His wife of fifty-seven years, Grace-Lynne Martin, passed away in February of natural causes.

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: General Hospital's John Ingle Dead at 84