John Clarke: 'Days of Our Lives' Fans Are Grieving after the Death of the Actor at 88
Avid followers of classic daytime soap opera, "Days of Our Lives," have taken to social media to air their grieve over actor John Clarke's demise.
John Clarke, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Daytime Emmy in 2005, was best known for his 39-year run playing Mickey Horton on "Days of Our Lives," which aired from 1965 to 2004.
Actor John Clarke on set of "Days of our Lives" | Photo: Getty Images
It is why his demise remains a very sensitive one for devoted fans of the famous show. Following his family's official announcement of the sad news, such fans flooded Twitter with heartfelt wishes that he rest in peace, and his surviving family also find comfort.
In response to an Entertainment Weekly post announcing the star's death on the social platform, one fan, @Reine1996 wrote:
"RIP Uncle Mickey."
Another fan, @merrik666 tweeted:
"He was fantastic as Mickey on Days of Our Lives! May he RIP."
Another such fan, @mariem201 commented:
"Aww, no. What a great talent lost."
While another user, @KelliCrackel, who still grieved Clarke's demise despite not being a fan of "Days of Our Lives" also wrote:
"Wow. So sad. The women in my family have been fans of Days of Our Lives since it was a radio show. I'm the heretic who went against the tide, but I watched him as Mickey Horton almost every day of my childhood (when Ma started working, she recorded them on VHS). RIP John Clarke."
According to an official statement by the deceased entertainer's family, Clarke passed away on Oct. 16 from complications of pneumonia.
A representative for Clarke's daughter, actress Melinda Clarke, reportedly disclosed that at the time of his death, Melinda, with whom he had trained opera together, sang "Ave Maria" to him as he passed peacefully.
This seems to bring a form of respite to the Clarke family as they share that the patriarch's health had deteriorated rapidly in the past few years and that he suffered a stroke in 2007.
Melinda Clarke in theWrath of the Villains: Prisoners episode of GOTHAM | Photo: Getty Images
He is survived by his wife Patty, children Joshua and Melinda, and grandchildren, Catherine Grace, Natasha, and Jacob.
May his soul rest in peace.