Lisa Rinna took to her Instagram on Thursday to pay tribute to Days Of Our Lives star Nick Benedict, who has died at the age of 77.
Benedict made his debut as Billie Reed’s (played by Rinna) backstabbing father on the long-running soap opera in 1993.
Rinna, 60, who also shared a sizzling video of herself in a latex suit on Thursday, posted a screenshot of an article announcing the actor’s death, writing, “Rest in peace.” She played the father of Billie Reed.
Lisa originated the role of Billie in 1992, but left the show in 1995. She reprized her role again from 2002 to 2003, from 2012 to 2013, and for a few episodes in February 2018.
RIP: Lisa Rinna took to her Instagram on Thursday to pay tribute to the Days Of Our Lives star and her on-screen father, Nick Benedict, who has died at the age of 77.
On-screen father: Rinna, 60, shared a screenshot of an article announcing the actor’s death, writing ‘Rest in peace’ He played Billie Reed’s dad
The star returned for the last time to play his feisty alter ego in 2021.
On Thursday, Rinna also shared a glamorous new video of herself in a black and red latex bodysuit and red elbow-length gloves.
She showed off her incredible physique in the skintight outfit and wore perfect makeup for the occasion.
‘I don’t feel it. @rinnabeauty’, she playfully captioned the sultry clip, adding a red kiss emoji.
The statement announcing Benedict’s death confirms that he passed away on July 14 in Arizona, his 77th birthday, after complications from emergency spinal surgery he underwent two weeks before his death.
Benedict’s friend, Barbara Ferrante, wrote on his restaurant’s Facebook page about his passing: “Nick Benedict’s birthday was July 14. That day he went to be with the Lord. Please pray for Ginger.’
A fundraiser was arranged before his death, and it was explained how Nick had spinal cord surgery and was admitted to hospice, forcing his wife to be absent from the restaurant.
‘Many of you know Ginger, the bartender at Jake’s Steakhouse. She has been with us for many years. She took a leave of absence from us to handle an extreme medical issue with her husband Nick,” the fundraising page read.
New Content: The reality star also shared a hot new video of herself in a black latex outfit.
Picture Perfect: She showed off her amazing physique in the skintight outfit and wore perfect makeup for the occasion.
Iconic: Lisa originated the role of Billie in 1992. Rinna returned for the last time to play her feisty alter ego in 2021; Pictured as Billie Reed in season 28
‘Nick Benedict, he was in the Navy, he was an actor, a musician and a painter. Ginger and Nick have been married for 22 years. Both have been part of the Tehachapi community for many years.
‘On July 2, Sunday Nick had emergency spinal cord surgery. On July 4, he entered a hospice. He is paralyzed from the neck down. He will need constant care and support.
The statement continued: ‘They live in Arizona and Ginger travels back and forth. To say that this is a stressful situation is not saying enough.’
‘We are looking to raise money to help with bills, food and any medical expenses that may arise. Please pray for Ginger and Nick as they go through this very difficult time.’
So far, just over $4,000 has been raised for the former actor.
A former All My Children cameraman revealed that he had worked with Nick on the show in a comment on the fundraising page.
He wrote: ‘I was a cameraman on All My Children. Same age as Nick… what a great guy. Mixed in with the crew, just a normal guy. RIP Nick, you helped make coming to work fun.
Nick was known for playing Phil Brent, husband to Susan Lucci’s Erica Kane, on All My Children.
Tributes: The American actor was also known for his role in All My Children; Pictured around 1980
Soap Opera Star: Nick was known for playing Phil Brent, husband of Susan Lucci’s Erica Kane, on All My Children (pictured back left with Lucci on the show)
Marriage: His death was confirmed in an online obituary and in a statement issued by a California restaurant, Jake’s Steakhouse, where his wife Ginger worked as a waitress.
Screen star: Nick retired from acting in 2001 after landing his breakout role in All My Children in 1973, pictured with co-star Susan Lucci at the 1980 Daytime Emmy Awards
He first appeared on the soap in 1973, taking over the role previously held by Richard Hatch.
After five years, he left All My Children and earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series in 1979 for his performance in its final season.
He played Michael Scott on The Young and the Restless in 1981 before taking over the role of Curtis Reed on Days of Our Lives, whom he played in 93 episodes from 1993 to 2001.
Beyond his soap opera roles, Benedict appeared in the original series Mission Impossible and Hawaii Five-O.