Overnight reports have surfaced that Phillip Carey, the beloved Asa Buchanan has passed away. This is just a horrible coincidence! His original on-screen son, Clint Ritchie who played Clint Buchanan passed away earlier this week. Carey was 83.
Apparently last night Carey’s former “OLTL” granddaughter, Erin Torpey who played the original Jessica confirmed Carey’s passing on Facebook. Here is a message board with the real time posting after Torpey’s annoucement: http://daytimeroyaltyonline.com/
Phillip Carey had played the patriarch of the Buchanan clan, in a role he originated in 1979 and play it for nearly 30 years.
Carey was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2006 and underwent chemotherapy. Carey left the soap but returned for appearances until last spring. His character died last summer on the show. Ghost Asa made an appearance on OLTL in December.
“On-Air On-Soaps” will bring you more details as they become available.