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David Gail, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Port Charles’ Actor, Dies at 58

David Gail, an actor known for his roles on “Beverly Hills, 90210” and the “General Hospital” spinoff “Port Charles,” died Tuesday due to complications from sudden cardiac arrest. He was 58.

“Gail was found unresponsive by emergency personnel who made every attempt to save his life including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation,” a statement shared with Variety reads. “Despite their efforts, Gail was put on life support where he remained for several days. He was pronounced dead on Jan. 16, 2024.”

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Gail’s sister, Katie Colmenares, paid tribute to the actor in an Instagram post on Saturday, writing, “There’s barely been even a day in my life when you were not with me by my side.”

Colmenares continued, “Always my wingman always my best friend ready to face anything and anyone w me the bears will never be the same but I will hold you so tight every day in my heart you gorgeous loving amazing fierce human being missing you every second of every day forever there will never be another.”

Gail played Stuart Carson, the fiancé of Shannon Doherty’s Brenda Walsh, for eight episodes on the teen drama series “Beverly Hills, 90210.” He was the second actor to portray Dr. Joe Scanlon in “Port Charles,” taking over the role from Michael Dietz in 1999. He appeared in 216 episodes before exiting the ABC soap the following year.

Gail was born on Feb. 27, 1965, in Tampa, Fla. He made his television debut in one episode of “Growing Pains” in 1990 as a character named Norman.

In addition to his roles on “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Port Charles,” Gail notably played Dean Collins in the WB soap “Savannah” from 1996 to 1997. His other television credits include “The Round Table,” “Matlock,” “Robin’s Hoods,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “JAG” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” On the film side, he worked on “Some Girl” (1998), “Bending All the Rules” (2002), “Perfect Opposites” (2004) and “The Belly of the Beast” (2008).

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