INTERNATIONAL: Days of Our Lives, Bold and the Beautiful actor dead at 87

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INTERNATIONAL: Days of Our Lives, Bold and the Beautiful actor dead at 87
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- Season: 45 -- Pictured: Joseph Mascolo as Stefano DiMera -- Photo by: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- Season: 45 -- Pictured: Joseph Mascolo as Stefano DiMera -- Photo by:  Mitchell Haaseth/NBC
DAYS OF OUR LIVES — Season: 45 — Pictured: Joseph Mascolo as Stefano DiMera — Photo by: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

TV LINE – Joseph Mascolo, who played iconic villain Stefano DiMera on the NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives, has died. He was 87 years old.

Mascolo passed away Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the show said in a statement on Friday. He joined the Days cast in 1982 and made crime lord/business tycoon Stefano DiMera into one of the most hated (and most loved) bad guys in soap-opera history.

“It is with great sorrow that I’m sharing the news of the passing of our dear friend and beloved member of the Days of Our Lives family, Joseph Mascolo,” Daysexecutive producer Ken Corday said in a statement. “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. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”

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