Fans of All My Children are in mourning following the news that Alec Musser, who was best known for his role as Del Henry on the show, died on Jan. 12, 2024. The actor and model was just 50 years old.
Alec's career also included a fairly prominent role in the film Grown Ups, as well as a number of other movie and TV parts. Here's what to know about the tragic situation.
What was Alec Musser's cause of death?
According to a report from the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office, Alec died by suicide from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
The news of Alec's death was first announced by his fiancée, Paige Press. "Alec was a wonderful man. He was the best fiancé. The best dog dad. Very kind-hearted person," Paige told Fox News on Jan. 14.
She continued: "Seeing how many messages and people have reached out to me from his childhood. ... In the last couple of days, people I’ve never even met, sending me photos from him from high school and when he was in their wedding. … He was so loved and touched by so many people."
At the time, Paige didn't include any cause of death in that initial statement, but she told Fox News that Alec had been suffering from a "severe case of COVID" and she believed this contributed to his passing.
Paige also took to her Instagram stories on Jan. 13, writing of Alec: "RIP to the love of my life. I will never stop loving you. My heart is broken."
"Today is the worst day of my life. We were so happy," she also wrote. Paige went on to add: "You were the best fiancé I could [have] ever asked for."
Tributes poured in following news of Alec's death, with folks remembering him as a "wonderful, funny, good man."
Alec was best known for his role on All My Children, which he starred on from 2005 to 2007. He earned the role after he won the second season of the reality series I Wanna Be a Soap Star in 2005.
"I loved this guy," Adam wrote in a post accompanied by a picture of Alec in the movie. "Cannot believe he is gone. Such a wonderful, funny good man. Thinking of Alec Musser and his family and sending all my love. A true great sweetheart of a person."
Under Adam's tribute, fans of Grown Ups and of Alec's performance in particular posted their condolences. Many fans quoted his lines from the movie, making it clear that his comedic performance had made a pretty sizable impact on fans of the movie. While his loved ones will certainly miss him most, Alec clearly made an impression on many fans of both comedy and soap operas over the course of his years in Hollywood.