All My Children and Days of Our Lives actor John Callahan passed away Saturday morning, one day after he was placed on life support. According to his representatives, Callahan suffered a stroke on Friday while at home in Palm Desert, California. Many have shared their thoughts and memories of Callahan online, including ex-wife Eva LaRue. But a surprising connection comes from Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar.
In a heartwarming post that followed news of Callahan's passing, Gellar shared several photos of her alongside Callahan and explained how he "stepped into a lot of moments" in the actress' life as a sort of father figure.
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"Get past the horrible eyebrows on me and you will notice the incredibly handsome man, standing beside, me at my high school graduation. That’s [John Callahan] or better know to me as GP (but why I called him that remains between us and those closest to him)," Gellar wrote in the caption. "He stepped into a lot of moments in my life because I didn’t have a father to be there. Johns greatest joy in his life, was when he had a daughter of his own [Kaya Callahan]."
The actress continued her comment by addressing the actor directly and promising to watch over his family.
"John left us this morning. I promise you GP just as you were there for me, I will always be there for smoosh (Kaya) and [Eva Larue] as well," Gellar continued. "I will tape a pic of you to my hand held mirror (that’s for you [Kelly Ripa]) This is all too much, especially right now, but I want the world to know how much you meant to so many people."0comments
Kelly Ripa shared a comment under the post, indicating that there are "no words still" in regards to the shocking passing. Ex-wife and All My Children co-star Eva LaRue also shared a very personal post honoring the late soap opera star.
"[Your] bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated - My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya," LaRue wrote. "That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! 'Johnny Numbers,' my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to 'Yesterday')."