Chrishell Stause, a former contestant on “Dancing with the Stars,” recently shared an emotional message with her fans after learning about the sudden death of her former co-star, Billy Miller. Stause competed on season 29 of DWTS in the fall of 2020 with partner Gleb Savchenko. While Stause is best known for her role on “Selling Sunset,” she also has a strong background in soap operas, including her time on “All My Children” alongside Miller.
Miller, who played Richie Novack on “All My Children” from 2007 to 2008, passed away on September 15. Stause took to her Instagram Stories to express her grief and pay tribute to her former co-star. She shared a photo of Miller smiling and another photo of them together at an event. Stause wrote, “Still processing this. Too many feelings, but you are gone way too soon and I’m so happy I got to work with you all those years, but also call you a friend. I hope you are at peace now.”
According to TMZ, Miller had been struggling with manic depression at the time of his death, as confirmed by his management team. The Los Angeles Times also reported the news, sharing a statement from Miller’s manager, Marie Sparer, who described him as having a warm personality, a generous spirit, and genuine kindness. Miller would have turned 44 on September 17.
Stause was joined by many of her acting colleagues and fans in mourning Miller’s death. Elizabeth Hendrickson, who worked with Miller on “The Young and the Restless,” posted a heartfelt tribute to him on her Instagram page, expressing their special connection and the impact he had on her life. Stause commented on Hendrickson’s post, expressing her gratitude for the shared memories and sending love.
Other soap actors, such as Stephen Nichols and Greg Rikaart, also shared their condolences on social media, highlighting Miller’s talent and the positive impact he had on their daytime community. Fans also expressed their love for Miller and his memorable performances on various soap operas.
Beyond his connections to Stause and the soap opera world, Miller’s talent reached beyond daytime television. Gabriel Macht, from the show “Suits,” where Miller portrayed his brother in several episodes, paid tribute to his colleague, praising his authenticity, kindness, and talent.
Miller is survived by his mother, Patricia, his sister Megan, and his brother-in-law Ronnie, as well as his nephew Grayson and niece Charley. Those wanting to honor Miller’s memory can choose to donate to the Texas Scottish Rite for Children Hospital.
In conclusion, the sudden death of former soap opera star Billy Miller has left a lasting impact on his colleagues, fans, and co-stars like Chrishell Stause. Stause expressed her grief on social media and shared her fondest memories of working with Miller. As the soap opera community mourns the loss of such a talented actor, Miller’s warm personality and genuine kindness will be deeply missed.