Jeffrey Carlson, ‘All My Children’ actor, dead at 48.
‘All My Children’ actor Jeffrey Carlson, who played the first transgender character on television, has died. It was his 48th birthday.
Fox News Digital was notified of Carlson’s death by his representatives.
The reps for Jeffrey Carlson said they were saddened by the news of his passing. The family needs space to grieve privately and we have no additional information at this time.”
As Zarf on “All My Children,” Carlson played a British rock star who transitioned into Zoe on the daytime soap opera.
Jeffrey Carlson Gingras’ sister, Elizabeth Carlson Gingras, spoke to Fox News Digital about how the character Zoe was the first trans woman to appear on daytime television.
The handsome, brilliant, and extremely talented Jeffrey Carlson has joined our brother Gregory Carlson in heaven, Gingras wrote. My mind can’t comprehend why this has happened, but I will forever cherish our laughs and our deep love for each other.
“Jerry has left such an impact on so many, it’s very hard to find the words to express how special he was. I have so much to say… but my heart isn’t strong enough to provide him with the words he deserves. I love you so, so much my beautiful brother. 6/23/1975-7/06/2023.”
It was not immediately clear what caused his death. He was last seen on July 3 and police discovered his body before 12 p.m. on July 6 at the location where his body was discovered.
At the above address, a 48-year-old male was found unresponsive and pronounced dead. He took his prescribed medication with alcohol.
A cause and manner of death are still pending, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. He also appeared in “Hitch,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “The Killing Floor.”
His Broadway credits include “The Goat or Who is Sylvia,” “Tartuffe,” and “The Miracle Worker.”
The portrayal of Zoe by Carlson felt intimidating at the time.
Carlson told the Associated Press he worried about missing something, but that could be the case with any character.
As she said, “I don’t want to shock the audience of ‘All My Children’. It’s just another story being told in Pine Valley.”
Social media began circulating reports of Carlson’s death on Sunday.
He played Billy in The Goat and Marilyn in Taboo on Broadway, and played Zoe on All My Children as a groundbreaking trans character. There was a powerful actor and a painful loss.”