The Young and the Restless mainstay Jerry Douglas died on Tuesday at the age of 88 after a brief i

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    The Boston-born actor played the role of John Abbott on the show from 1981 thru 2006, when the character was killed off

    Douglas and his wife Kym were snapped in April of 2013 at an event in LA 

    His The Young and the Restless costar Lauralee Bell shared an image of the gathering on her Instagram page last month, which was attended by costars including Peter Bergman, Eileen Davidson, Beth Maitland, Tracey E. Bregman.

    ‘Feel so lucky to have been included in this unbelievably special birthday lunch for Jerry Douglas!’ Bell said. ‘Thank you @peterbergmanyr and @eileendavidsonofficial so much! I will cherish this afternoon always,’ she wrote.

    The Young And The Restless exec producer Anthony Morina said in a statement, accorjetblacktransportation.comjetblacktransportation.com – Y&R in 1982 with an impressive resume of credits. Our show was lucky to have an actor of his caliber join the Y&R cast and introduce the audience to the iconic Abbott family.

    Morina added, ‘His contribution to the legacy of Y&R as Abbott family patriarch, John Abbott is still felt to this day. He will be sorely missed.’

    Douglas, who was born Gerald Rubenstein, is survived by wife Kym Douglas, sons Jod and Hunter, and daughter Avra.

    Douglas and his wife were seen at the Daytime Emmys in June of 2013

    Douglas and his wife were seen at the Daytime Emmys in June of 2013 

    Douglas, who would have turned 89 on Friday, gathered with friends for an early birthday celebration in October

    Douglas, who would have turned 89 on Friday, gathered with friends for an early birthday celebration in October 

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