Since daytime dramas air so frequently, fans get rather close to the actors and actresses who play these larger-than-life characters. It is one thing for a character to pass away, but when an actor or actresses passes, soap opera fans mourn terribly. However, with the onslaught of actors/actresses who leave shows and daytime dramas that have been cancelled, it’s hard to keep up with what may be going on in a soap opera star’s life. As such, below is a list of soap opera stars you may not know have passed away.
12. Brenda Benet
American film and television actress Brenda Benet is well known in the soap opera industry. Her best recognized roles were on The Young Marrieds and Days of Our Lives. She worked on The Young Marrieds from 1965 to 1966, but then left and found success in prime time television. Over 10 years later, she returned to the soap opera world for a role on Days of Our Lives as villainess Lee Dumonde. She held this role from 1979 to 1982 when she unexpectedly died at the age of 36 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.