Days’ Joseph Mascolo dies at 87

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LOS ANGELES — Joseph Mascolo, the iconic soap opera actor known best for his role as Stefano DiMera on Days of Our Lives, has passed away.

He was 87-years-old.

According to Soap Opera Digest, he passed away on Thursday after battling Alzheimer’s for years.

It is with great sorrow that we share the news the news of the passing of our dear friend and beloved member of the Days of our Lives family, Joseph Mascolo,” said Executive Producer Ken Corday 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.”

Mascolo also appeared on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. 

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