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Soap legend David Canary has died at age 77.

The "All My Children" star died of natural causes in his hometown of Wilton, Connecticut, the Wilton Bulletin reports. The actor earned five Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on the long-running ABC program.

Canary's death is already being felt in Hollywood and the soap community, who have reached out on social media to offer their grievances and support.

Canary's former AMC co-star, Kelly Ripa, tweeted, "So sad to learn of the passing of the great David Canary. A incredibly talented actor. A wonderful man. I was lucky to know you."

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Another All My Children alum, Sarah Michelle Gellar, wrote, "You were the epitome of class. It was a joy and an honor to call you a colleague."

— Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) November 24, 2015

Co-star Rebecca Budig wrote simply, "RIP David Canary. You inspired me."

Actress Lauren Holly wrote, "RIP David Canary. You taught me so much, I was privileged to have you as an example."

Meanwhile, Andy Cohen tweeted, "RIP David Canary. I was such a fan of his from #AllMyChildren. A great actor and he seemed like a lovely man."

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Canary is survived by his wife, Maureen, and children, Christopher and Kate. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association's David Canary Memorial Fund.