General Hospital Patriarch John Ingle Dies

It’s a sad time for fans of the soap opera General Hospital, as actor John Ingle has passed away at age 84 on Sunday, September 16.

Ingle played patriarch of the Quartermaine family, Edward Quartermaine, since 1994. The ailing actor taped his finale scenes of the soap on August 24, and it aired on September 11.

The news of his death was first revealed by his family on Facebook. They posted:

John Houston Ingle
May 7, 1928 – September 16, 2012

Father, Husband, Grandad, Great Grandad, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Teacher, Inspirer, Mentor: May You Soar with the Angels. You will forever hold a special place in the deepest corners of our hearts. You were joy, light and love. Goodness at its very best. For the rest of our days, we will all do our best to continue to make you proud. Rest in peace and continue to spread your generous spirit in the heavens above.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. With love forever, from:.

Your 5 – J. Ingle Belles and the family, friends and loved ones you leave behind.

Executive producer of GH, Frank Valentini, then released the following statement via Twitter:

With great sadness, I share the news of John Ingle‘s passing. We love him and will miss him. John will always be a part of the #GH family.

Ingle is survived by his five daughters, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. His wife of 57 years, Grace-Lynne Martin Ingle, passed in February of this year.

You can see posts from his costars via Twitter here and his final taping of GH below.