It’s with a heavy heart that I report Jerry Douglas has died. 

The actor, who portrayed patriarch John Abbott on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless” for more than 30 years, transitioned to his heavenly home on November 9 after a brief illness.

The official Twitter account for “The Young and the Restless” released the following statement minutes ago: 

Please join us in sending our condolences to the family of Jerry Douglas, known for his long-running role as the iconic John Abbott on the The Young and the Restless. He will be greatly missed by the Y&R family. ❤️

See the original tweet below. 

“Y&R” executive producer Anthony Morina said in a statement:

On behalf of the entire company of The Young and the Restless, we send our deepest sympathies to the Douglas family on the passing of Jerry Douglas.

Jerry came to 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.

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.

John Abbott was a part of my childhood. I came to know him from watching “Y&R” with my great-grandmother.

Jerry Douglas leaves behind to cherish his memory: his wife of 37 years, television host and author Kym Douglas, sons Jod and Hunter, daughter Avra, two grandchildren, and nieces including Kirby Rubenstein and Solo Rubenstein.

My sincerest condolences to his family, colleagues, and fans.

May he Rest In Peace.