Billy Miller’s team is asking fans to donate to the same hospital the “General Hospital” star stayed in as a child.
Miller, who died by suicide Friday at the age of 43, spent his childhood in and out of the Scottish Rite for Children hospital in Dallas for a tarsal condition that affected the cartilage in his ankles.
Following his death, his management is asking donations be made in his honor to the children’s care center that he shouted out in his 2014 Daytime Emmys acceptance speech for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
“What do these things mean?” Miller asked about his golden statue during his short, but emotional remarks. “I guess they have the meaning you give them.”
“I’m a product of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, a children’s hospital,” added Miller, who won for his portrayal of Billy Abbott on “The Young and the Restless.”
“And for those of us who have to take three steps to make one that everybody else can make — I guess if you keep love in your heart and determination in your head, you’ll look up and you won’t be behind and you won’t be amongst the group. Sometimes you’ll lead. So, thank you very much,” he concluded.
The Post has contacted the hospital for comment.
Born on Sept. 17, 1979, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Miller grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas.
He became a soap star on “All My Children” before joining “The Young & The Restless” in 2008.
He left in 2014 before moving on to “General Hospital” to play Jason Morgan and Drew Cain.
He was a series regular until 2019.
He was supposed to turn 44 on Sunday. Miller’s mom, Patricia, confirmed his cause of death to be suicide in a Monday statement to Soap Opera Digest.
“He fought a long hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years, ” she wrote. “He did everything he could to control the disease.”
“He loved his family, his friends and his fans but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life. The other causes of death being told are not true. I wish they were but they just aren’t,” Patricia confirmed.
“He loved his family, his friends and his fans, but in the end, the disease won the fight, and he surrendered his life,” she added.
“We all loved him so much and are desperately trying to deal with our loss,” she concluded. “I will have nothing further to say. Thanks for the love and support.”
If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988, or chat at 988lifeline.org
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