TV star Jay Pickett died while “sitting on a horse” on his latest movie set during the filming of a western in Idaho. He was 60.
“Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person,” Pickett’s pal actor and producer Jim Heffel shared in a post on Facebook about his passing. The comments were noted by the BBC in a piece published Monday.
“Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the heavens. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy.”
The post explained how Pickett both wrote the story and would star in the film along with co-producer Heffel and Vernon Walker. (RELATED: Hollywood Reacts To Death Of Legendary Actress Doris Day)
“He will be truly missed,” Heffel concluded. “Ride like the wind [partner].”
Fellow producer Travis Mills shared that there was “no official explanation” for the cause of his death “but it appears to have been a heart attack.” (RELATED: ‘Wicked Tuna’ Star Dead At 36. Here’s What We Know)
“Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive,” he added. “Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”
“He was doing what he loved: Acting, riding horses, making movies,” Mills continued. “And he was magnificent.”
The actor was best known for his roles on the soap opera “General Hospital” and also guest starred on hit TV shows like “Desperate Housewives,” “Dexter,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and more.
He is survived by his wife and three children.