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Posted: October 10, 2018

‘Days of Our Lives’ star Peggy McCay dies at 90

What You Need To Know: Peggy McCay

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The woman who played the matriarch of the Brady family on the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” has died.

Peggy McCay, who played Caroline Brady for more than 30 years, passed away Sunday of natural causes, TV Line reported.

Soap Opera Digest says McCay joined the cast in 1983. Her cousin Denise Kiel Smith released the statement announcing McCay’s death, the magazine reported.

She had a long career on the small screen in shows other than the classic soap, including “Gunsmoke,” “Cagney & Lacey,” “The Jeffersons” and “Bonanza,” TV Guide reported.

Deidre Hall, who plays Marlena on “Days,” took to her fanpage on Facebook to remember her castmate, calling McCay “a friend, an activist and a real scrapper!!”

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Other cast members also paid tribute to their friend.

Stephen Nichols, who played Steve “Patch” Johnson, spoke of her on Instagram, calling her Mama Brady.

McCay’s on-screen husband, Frank Parker, died last month from complications of Parkinson’s disease and dementia, TV Guide reported.


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‘Days of Our Lives’ Peggy McCay dies at 90

Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Days of our Lives

‘Days of Our Lives’ Peggy McCay dies at 90

FILE PHOTO: Actress Peggy McCay signs books and greets fans at the 'Days of our Lives: Better Living' book tour on September 27, 2013 in Birmingham, Alabama. McCay died at the age of 90.

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