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'Days of Our Lives' bad guy Joseph Mascolo dies at 87

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Posted at 6:34 PM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 21:34:56-05

LOS ANGELES - Joseph Mascolo, who played bad guy Stefano DiMera on NBC's daytime serial "Days of Our Lives," has died. He was 87.

A statement released Friday by NBC on behalf of Mascolo's wife said he died Wednesday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Although best known for his soap opera role, Mascolo was a classically trained musician and appeared on Broadway in plays including "Dinner at Eight" and "That Championship Season."

His wide-ranging TV credits included the prime-time series "Kojak," "Hill Street Blues" and "It's Garry Shandling's Show." Besides starring on "Days of Our Lives," Mascolo also appeared in the daytime serials "The Bold and the Beautiful," "General Hospital" and "Santa Barbara."