Sadness once again hits the One Life To Live family with the death of Phil Carey, who played the strong-willed Asa Buchanan for nearly three decades.
Carey died Friday at age 83. He had been fighting lung cancer since 2006.
Carey originated the role of the patriarch of the powerful Buchanan family in 1979 and was a regular on the show until 2007, when when failing health hastened his departure from the show, according to SOAPnet.com.
Carey most recently appeared in December in a video statement revealing David Vickers as the long lost Buchanan heir.
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Phil Carey as Asa with onscreen wife
Patricia Elliott as Renee Divine

Prior to OLTL, Carey had many credits in movies and television, including a co-starring role in the 1960’s series “Laredo,”
A former studio contract player in Hollywood in the 1950s, Carey made his film debut in a supporting role in the 1951 John Wayne war drama “Operation Pacific.”
Under contract to Warner Bros. and then to Columbia Pictures over the next several years, he appeared in films such as “I was a Communist for the FBI,” “Springfield Rifle,” “Calamity Jane,” “The Long Gray Line” and “Mister Roberts.”
Read the obituary from the Los Angeles Times.
The week before, Clint Ritchie, who played Carey’s onscreen son Clint Buchanan for 20 years, died.
It’s been a sad week for OLTL fans.

There is sad news in the soap world.
Clint Ritchie, who for more than 20 years portrayed Clint Buchanan on One Life To Live, has died.
Ritchie, 70, reportedly died in his sleep Saturday, some 10 hours after successfully getting a pacemaker implanted, radaronline.com reported.
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He retired in December 1998, but was lured back to OLTL for several stints – the last in 2004.
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There is confirmation of his death posted on Ritchie’s official fan club page.
According to his official site, Clint Ritchie spent his retirement years at his beloved “Happy Horse Ranch,” a 60-acre ranch in Northern California with “30 to 40 horses, several dogs, and more cats than he could count.”
Clint Ritchie, beloved to so many, brought so much joy to OLTL fans over the years.
Rest in peace, Clint.