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27 February 14th, 2017 Y&R Alum Jay Bontatibus Passes Away After Lengthy Battle With Cancer At 52


Sad news to report this evening in the soap world. Soap Opera Digest divulged that former Y&R actor Jay Bontatibus passed away on February 12 in Los Angeles after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Bontatibus is best known for his portrayal of Tony Visacardi on the CBS sudser, a role he played from 1998-2000.  In story, Tony fell in love with Megan Dennison (Ashley Jones) and was eventually was run over killed by her sister, Trisha Dennison (Sabryn Genet).

Later in his daytime career, Jay had recurring roles on General Hospital and Port Charles  (ex-Andy, 2002-03) and was last seen on the soaps back in 2008 on Days of our Lives in the role of Rob.

Bontatibus was married to current Days of our Lives casting director and former Y&R casting director,Marnie Saitta from 2002 to 2005. Family and friends have supported Jay through his difficult and heartbreaking ordeal and have thanked the fans for their support.

Send your well-wishes and condolences to Jay’s family, and your remembrances of his soap opera career, in the comment section below.

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  1. Wendy says:

    How very sad to read this news. Cancer can be so unexpected in a younger person and always family and friends are hopeful for a healthy outcome for their loved one. I’m certain he felt very loved during his illness by those who knew him well and his fans near and far. God Bless his soul. Condolences to his family and friends.


    Elaine Alford replied

    RIP Jay, my prayers are with his family & friends


  2. Karen wallace says:

    Jay was great on the Y&R and will be greatly missed.


  3. Moneca says:

    So sorry for their loss. Sending prayers for God’s healing Grace on them.


  4. Fact checker says:

    May he rest in peace. But he was Tony Viscardi #2. And he played the role from 1999-2000. Nick Scotti was Tony Viscardi #1.


  5. randy says:

    very sad,,, to young to leave this world,,
    i remember his storyline very well…r,i,p.


  6. Patty says:

    Rip and he was a wonderful actor. Prayers to the family
    Way to young!!


  7. Joe says:

    I only knew him on GH and Port Charles. I always enjoyed his portrayal of Andy. So sorry to hear about his passing. Far too young. RIP.


  8. Deborah says:

    So sorry for your loss


  9. mark says:

    Jay was a wonderful man and a complete professional as well. He was terrific on General Hospital & Port Charles, and I am lucky enough to have gotten to know him personally as well.


  10. Mackenzie Grey says:

    I still remember him on Y&R. Awesome. Loved him and Megan together. Hated when Trisha set it up to kill him. Sad about his battle with cancer; but his acting is remembered by a lot of appreciative people :-)


  11. Kathleen Frazer says:

    So sad! Such a talented actor! Prayers for r his family.


  12. Roberta says:

    My condolences to your family.


  13. Addison says:

    This is so damn sad. He was a handsome and talented actor and some kind of inherent sweetness came through his performance.
    He’s left this world way too young.


  14. Ricardo says:

    So sad, what a loss to the Daytime Community. Jay was a wonderful actor and I loved him on Y&R. May he RIP.


  15. Penny Short says:

    So for your loss.


  16. Drake says:

    How sad. I remember him form Y&R. He had that indefinable quality that lit up the screen. So very handsome and talented. Condolences to his family and loved ones.


  17. Rena Hall says:

    So Sad…RIP Jay Bontatibus:( Gone Way too young. Prayers for his family and friends & for all the Y&R Cast who worked so closely with him. Y&R Fan here since the 80′s.


  18. Elle says:

    I remember when Jay took over the role of Tony on Y&R and immediately liked him. I was so sad when his character met his tragic end on the show. I was happy to see him on GH as Andy Cappelli and hoped that character would stick around longer than he did.

    Jay was a beautiful talent and I’m so sorry to hear about his passing. My condolences and prayers to his family and friends. May he now be at peace.


  19. Rhonda Haug says:

    Such sad news ! My thoughts are with Jay and his family.


  20. Caroleen Mewborn says:

    Praying for the family. It breaks my heart hearing this news. I watched Jay on The Young and the Restless. Also praying for friends and people that worked with him on the soap operas.


  21. mare tripp says:

    Thank you for bringing your talent and love to so many in this world. YOU WILL BE MISSED GREATLY.. RIP.


  22. salvatore says:

    what a wonderful and talented man I never missed anything he did on tv I will miss him . my prayers go out to his family . rip my friend!!


  23. Andre says:

    My condolences to Jay’s loved ones and his Y&R family. A great talent gone way too soon.


  24. Bev says:

    Wow so sad he was a great actor he will be missed Rest in peace…


  25. Diana says:

    I don.t rember him


    Stephen Delray replied

    God Bless Jay.
    -SD, CHS class of ’85


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