Delaware, Ohio native, GH, Days of our Lives star Tyler Christopher dies unexpectedly at age 50

By Mona Hatfield

Tyler Christopher actor (file photo)

Tyler Christopher spent 20 years playing Nikolas Cassadine on General Hospital – a role which won him an Emmy in 2016.

He also picked up an Emmy nomination for his performance as Stefan DiMera in the soap Days Of Our Lives, a role he played from 2001 to 2019.

He passed away Tuesday morning following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment according to media reports.


Tyler Christopher Baker (November 11, 1972 – October 31, 2023), known professionally as Tyler Christopher, was an American actor. He was best known for his roles as Nikolas Cassadine (1996–1999, 2003–2011, 2013–2016) and Connor Bishop (2004–2005) on the ABC soap opera General Hospital.

In August 2017, it was announced that Christopher would be joining the cast of the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives as the son of long-time villains Stefano DiMera and Vivian Alamain. His tenure on the show began December 29, 2017. Christopher left the series on March 20, 2019; his role was recast with Brandon Barash.

Tyler Christopher Baker was born in the Chicago suburb of Joliet, Illinois on November 11, 1972, to Jim and Jimi-Ann Baker and grew up in Delaware, Ohio, the youngest of four children.

Christopher attended Ohio Wesleyan University for two years.

Christopher was married to Eva Longoria from 2002 to 2004. He was previously engaged to General Hospital co-star Vanessa Marcil and dated Natalia Livingston. He and auto racing reporter Brienne Pedigo publicly announced their engagement in October 2006; Christopher and Pedigo married September 27, 2008. The couple had their first child, a son, Greysun James, on October 3, 2009. In October 2014, it was announced that Christopher and his wife were expecting their second child, due in May 2015. On May 3, 2015, Christopher announced on his official Twitter feed that Brienne Pedigo had given birth to a baby girl named Boheme. Brienne Pedigo filed for divorce in February 2019.