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Beloved Soap Opera Star Joseph Mascolo Dead at 87

Beloved Soap Opera Star Joseph Mascolo Dead at 87
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“Days of Our Lives” actor Joseph Mascolo has passed away at age 87.

On Thursday, Mascolo, most known for his role as the villain Stefano DiMera, after battling Alzheimer’s disease for years.

The show’s executive producer Ken Corday said in a statement, "It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and beloved member of the ‘Days of our Lives’ family, Joseph Mascolo. The smile on Joe’s face is something we’d all come to find comfort in, and he will be sorely missed. His larger than life presence, kind heart, and unwavering positivity has impacted us all for decades, and will live on in the memories of his many fans.”

Mascolo had been on the famed soap opera since 1982. He also had roles on “General Hospital,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and “Santa Barbara.”

He is survived by his family, including wife Patricia, a son, a stepdaughter, a sister, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

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