Constance Towers, who portrayed Helena Cassadine on General Hospital, paid tribute to her on-screen grandson, Tyler Christopher, who passed away at the age of 50 on October 31, 2023, just a few days short of his 51st birthday.
“Tyler Christopher played my grandson, Nikolas, on #gh for many years. My character, Helena Cassadine, is lethal, evil, without compassion for anyone… except her grandson. She only makes a mistake when a decision concerns Nikolas, her Achilles heel. The joy of having Tyler as that grandson made the role so easy to play. He was the nicest, sweetest, most caring young man. It was tragic to watch him battle with his demons but so gratifying to see him winning the battle. I loved him and will miss him,” she said in a tribute shared on her Facebook page.
Towers shared a memorable experience with him from the set of the ABC daytime soap opera.
“One of my lasting memories of Tyler occurred on the set one day as we were about to shoot a scene. A little voice said, “Dad?” Surprised, we stopped and realized it was his six-year-old son whom he had brought to work with him that day. Tyler stepped forward, not knowing what to expect and in the most gentle of voices asked, “What is it, son?” “I just had to say I love you, Dad.” Tyler hugged him and no one objected. Tyler clearly had a good impact on everyone, as she noted, “His patient and loving way touched all of us… even the toughest of executives.”